India based ride-hailing company Ola has announced its plan to launch its electric two-wheelers range of products in New Zealand.
Ola in its statement issued on Wednesday, said, “This electric scooters will help support New Zealand Government’s goal of on-roading 64,000 new electric vehicles by end of 2021, while also helping the public sector become carbon neutral by 2025.”
Speaking on the announcement, Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman and Group CEO, Ola said, We welcome and strongly support the move by the Honorable Prime Minister and the New Zealand government towards carbon neutrality, especially in the mobility sector.”
“We are excited about bringing our electric 2 wheelers to New Zealand to further accelerate the development of sustainable solutions. Climate change is a serious challenge and Ola is committed to moving the world to sustainable mobility through our products,” Bhavish added.
Brian Dewil, Managing Director, Ola NZ said, “The government’s climate emergency announcement puts more responsibility on transport providers to step up and make changes.”
“Ola wants to play an important part in New Zealand’s journey to become carbon neutral. We’ve witnessed strong and steady growth in the e-scooter and e-bike sector so we believe Ola’s new scooter product will be welcomed by consumers as a way to contribute towards establishing a 0-carbon economy,” Brian added.
Earlier, Ola announced the appointment of General Motors Jose Pinheiro as the Head of Global Manufacturing and Operations for its electric business.
“Ola is in advanced stages of setting up the world’s largest scooter factory in India. Once completed, the factory will have the capacity to manufacture over 2 million scooters a year,” the statement added.