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Ola Wants a Million Electric Rides on India's Roads by 2021

  • Uber’s rival will start with 10,000 three-wheeled rickshaws
  • Its ambitions in the field dovetail with government objectives
Promotional stickers for ride-hailing service Ola on an auto rickshaw in Bengaluru, India.

Promotional stickers for ride-hailing service Ola on an auto rickshaw in Bengaluru, India.

Photographer: Namas Bhojani
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Ola, Uber Technologies Inc.’s fiercest Indian competitor, wants to roll out 10,000 electric three-wheeled rickshaws within a year and a million battery-powered vehicles by 2021.

The startup run by ANI Technologies Pvt said it’s in policy discussions with several state governments, and is talking with potential partners from automakers to battery producers. It aims to build out an existing pilot project in the central Indian city of Nagpur, where Ola’s first EVs have already traveled more than 4 million kilometers.