The fresh funding will help the company accelerate the development of other vehicle platforms, including electric motorbikes, mass-market scooters, and electric cars. The company will also use the funding to strengthen its ‘Mission Electric’ to ensure that no petrol two-wheelers should be sold in India after 2025.
The company said it recently sold electric two-wheelers (E2W) worth over $150 million in its first purchase window.
Ola Electric has completed the first phase of construction of its E2W manufacturing facility. The facility is currently undergoing production trials. The entire facility is run by women and would have over 10,000 women employed at full scale.
Bhavish Aggarwal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ola Electric, said, “We are proud to lead the electric vehicle revolution from India to the world. India has the talent and the capability to build technologies of the future for the industries of the future for the entire world. I thank our existing investors and welcome new ones to Ola. Together we will bring mobility to a billion and sustainability to the future.”
In July, Ola and Bank of Baroda signed one of the largest long-term debt financing agreements in the Indian EV industry. The ten-year debt of $100 million was for the financial closure of Phase-1 of Ola Futurefactory.
Last year, Ola acquired Etergo BV, an Amsterdam-based electric scooter maker.
The EV market in India has seen a surge in funding activity over the last couple of years. Since 2020, several EV companies have raised funding even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week, electric ride-hailing platform BluSmart raised $25 million in Series A funding from multiple investors. bp ventures, a venture capital arm of energy major bp, led the financing round and invested $13 million.
Last month, Bangalore-based EV infrastructure startup REVOS received $4 million in Series A funding. Union Square Ventures and Prime Venture Partners participated in the funding round.
Mercom had earlier reported that Pune-based EV charging solutions startup goEgoNetwork raised $2 million in seed funding to expand its electric charging network.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.