Ola to Hire 2,000 People At Its EV Business In The Next Six Months: Report

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  • Ola is scouting for a location to build a 2 million-unit-a-year electric scooter manufacturing plant in India
  • Recently, said that it has appointed former General Motors executive Jose Pinheiro as head of global manufacturing and operations for its electric business

As per a report by Livemint, Ola aims to double the current headcount of around 2,000 people at its electric vehicle (EV) business in the next six months said two people aware of the developments. As per the report, Ola is scouting for a location to build a 2 million-unit-a-year electric scooter manufacturing plant in India, the people who cited before said. They added that it aims to sell at least a million scooters in the first year of operation.

The report added that Ola plans to tap the expertise of Dutch electric two-wheeler maker Etergo BV that it had acquired in May for its entry into EV manufacturing. The report added that one of the two people cited above, requesting anonymity said that “Ola Electric will hire around 2,000 people in India and globally in senior positions in manufacturing, product development, design and marketing for their EV business. The company is looking for people with the right experience and global expertise who can help build this (EV), the person added.

Workers would also be hired for the new manufacturing plant

Recently, said that it has appointed former General Motors executive Jose Pinheiro as head of global manufacturing and operations for its electric business. A statement said that in this role, Pinheiro will spearhead Olas ambitions to build world-class manufacturing facilities. This will start from starting with the world”s largest scooter factory, and then expanding to multiple such facilities across India. It added that these manufacturing facilities will enable Ola to rapidly bring to market its wide range of two-wheeler products currently under development.

As per the report, Ola Electric’s electric two-wheeler will be a reconfigured version of Etergo’s App Scooter, with software integration, including Ola Play, and locally manufactured hardware, including NavIC. Etergo, which was acquired by Ola Electric, will launch the App Scooter, both in Europe and in Asia, including India next year added the report. The report said that the two people cited above said more workers would also be hired for the new manufacturing plant.

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