Ola Electric today announced it would establish the Ola Hypercharger network for its upcoming electric two-wheelers, the first of which will be the Ola e-scooter that’s set for launch in the coming months. Interestingly, this announcement from Ola Electric came on Earth Day 2021, and exactly a day after Hero MotoCorp – the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer – announced its tie-up with Taiwanese e-scooter manufacturer Gogoro and their plans to build a battery-swapping network for their upcoming electric two-wheelers in the country.
Ola says its Hypercharger network will be “the widest and densest electric two-wheeler charging network in the world,” as the company plans to have over 100,000 charging points across 400 cities in the time to come. Ola will set up over 5,000 charging points across 100 cities in India to double the existing charging infrastructure in the country.
With its own charging network, Ola Electric also promises rapid charge times. Using the Hypercharger, owners of the Ola electric scooter will be able to recharge their scooters to 50 percent in a mere 18 minutes, which Ola says will provide a range of up to 75 kilometers.
Ola says it will install its Hyperchargers across major cities in city centers, business complexes, stand-alone towers (with automated multi-level parking), and malls, IT parks, cafes, and more. A dedicated Ola Electric smartphone app will let owners monitor the scooter’s state of charge in real-time, map routes that have Hyperchargers along the way, and pay for the charging online, eliminating the need to pay cash or via card.
Additionally, Ola Electric will also provide buyers of its electric scooter with a home charger, which the company says doesn’t require installation. It will let owners plug into a regular wall socket for overnight charging.
Ola Electric commenced construction of its mega EV manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu in February. The plant – which is expected to be operational by June this year – is billed as the world’s largest two-wheeler production facility, spread out over a total of 500 acres of land.
Ola Electric says it will have a total of 3,000 AI-powered robots in the facility. While it will have an annual production capacity of two million vehicles by June 2021, that number will rise to ten million vehicles by 2022. At that point, Ola Electric estimates it will be producing a new two-wheeler every two seconds from ten production lines. Eventually, Ola Electric aims to produce electric four-wheelers and export its products to other markets.