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Ride-hailing major Ola on Monday said it would roll out about 10,000 electric rickshaws and e-auto-rickshaws in cities and towns across the country over the next 12 months for shuttle services.

“We intend to launch one million electric vehicles by 2021 as part of our commitment to sustainable mobility,” said the city-based firm in a statement here.

As three-wheeler cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws are a common transport mode in cities and towns across the country, the company said their electric version would improve outcomes for drivers and commuters alike.

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Electric vehicles from Ola to be launched soon.

“We will work with driver-partners, cities, manufacturers and battery firms to make cost-effective and sustainable mobility,” noted the statement.

The company will use its app-based hailing and leverage its scale to offer cleaner, comfortable and safer service to its customers.

“As three wheelers are a vital commuting mode and source of livelihood for people daily, the electric version provides an opportunity to improve the service to all stakeholders and reduce pollution in cities and towns,” asserted Ola co-founder and Chief Executive Bhavish Aggarwal on the occasion.

Ola launched its first e-vehicle project at Nagpur in central Maharashtra in May 2017 on a pilot basis to offer accessible and affordable mobility.

Also Read: Ola offers free rides in Melbourne

The company has urged state governments to draft an environment policy for deploying electric vehicles, including three-wheelers for mobility.

The seven-year-old cab hiring provider operates in 110 cities and towns with about 10,000 drivers as its partners nationwide.  IANS

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Ola offers free rides in Melbourne

Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the Indian ride-hailing market

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Indian ride-sharing major Ola on Thursday announced that it has begun offering free rides in Australia’s Melbourne city as a soft launch of its services with local driver-partners.

“Customers in Melbourne city can download Ola application, register for an account and book their rides,” the city-based online cab aggregator said in a statement here. The company, however, did not specify how many free rides the passengers can avail, and up to what distance, in Melbourne.

Ola is giving free rides in Melbourne. VOA

On January 30, Ola announced its foray into the international market to rival US-based Uber. It began its operations in Australia in February starting with Perth and later in Sydney.

“Over the coming months, the rollout of operations in Australia will continue with cities like Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart,” the statement said.

Also Read: Electric Taxi trial run in India to start from May 24 in Nagpur

Over 15,000 registrations from local driver-partners across Australia have been received so far, it added. “With a low 7.5 per cent introductory commission rate, driver-partners can earn more money and access it easily.”

Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the Indian ride-hailing market. Ola claims to have 125 million users in 110 cities across the country. IANS

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