Branded ‘App Scooter’, Ola’s two-wheelers will have support for charging reception and using public charging infrastructure. The App Scooter is claimed to possess three interchangeable battery modules — each battery features a capacity of 600W per module providing an 80Km range per module.
The electric vehicle arm of the ride-sharing unicorn Ola will look to launch App Scooter in India by February 2021. However, thanks to the shortage of public infrastructure for swappable batteries in India, the electrical scooter will now have an inbuilt port for public charging also, said one among the three people quoted above.
According to one source, Ola plans to create a domestic production capacity to assemble up to 1,000,000 EVs and can look to compete with the likes of Honda Activa and TVS Jupiter.
Since support for swappable battery stations is low in India, Ola has chosen to permit owners to charge the vehicle reception as against be swapped at battery stations. The scooter also will have a port which might be compatible with public charging stations.
“Much of the scooter that Ola acquired has already passed the prototype stage. However, we couldn’t do a fully-functional battery-swapping option. So in fact , a minimum of within the initial phases, we’ll be allowing public charging but we still believe that battery swapping is that the long-standing game. But the talk remains happening (in the company). We are peculiar about it because once we will achieve battery swapping, the per kilometre cost are going to be even less than distributed charging,” said another Ola employee, asking to not be named as they’re not authorised to talk publicly on the project.
We were also told that the “App Scooter” is currently within the final legs of securing a homologation certification from Indian regulators and electric vehicle certification authorities. And since the Indian market’s certification process exactly mirrors European market standards, the method is predicted to be completed before the top of 2020, as long as Ola is using the planning it acquired from Etergo.
Ola declined to discuss the newest development when contacted.