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Ola Launches E-Rickshaws on its App in Lucknow

NewsVoir | 11 Jul, 2016
Ola, India’s most popular mobile app for transportation, today announced the launch of electric-rickshaws (popularly known as E-Rickshaws), on its app in Lucknow. With this launch, Lucknow becomes the second city in India to get E-Rickshaws on the Ola app, after Delhi-NCR, where it was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in April 2016. Ola is addressing last-mile connectivity by enabling reliable mobility in one of the fastest growing metros in India and the largest city in Uttar Pradesh. The company plans to onboard more than 300 E-Rickshaws over the next 3 months.


Sundeep Sahni, Vice President, New initiatives at Ola said, “At Ola, we are constantly building mobility solutions to suit the unique needs of Indians. At the same time, we are enabling hundreds of thousands of men and women take their first step towards entrepreneurship. The launch of E-Rickshaws on the Ola app follows the Company’s MoU with the Govt of Uttar Pradesh to introduce innovative commute options for citizens across the state.” Sundeep further added, “We are using cutting edge technology to upgrade cycle rickshaw peddlers as skilled e-rickshaw driver-entrepreneurs by introducing smart mobility solutions like E-rickshaws, that are not only affordable and environment friendly; but also add to the larger mobility ecosystem for the convenience of citizens. We are excited to bring innovative solutions to fast growing cities like Lucknow, in line with our mission to build mobility for a billion Indians.”


Sant Ram, the first E-Rickshaw driver on the Ola platform in Lucknow said, “It is wonderful how technology can bring a cab, Auto and even an E-Rickshaw to the customer’s location within minutes. I am thrilled about joining the Ola platform. With the training that I have received in the last few days, I am confident of serving my customers better and also increasing my daily earnings.”


For added convenience of E-Rickshaw drivers, the Ola app for them is available in 8 Indian languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu, making it extremely convenient and user friendly for local drivers to use. Every E-rickshaw driver-partner on the Ola app goes through a KYC verification and training across behavioral, etiquette and technology to make the ride experience seamless for customers.


E-Rickshaws have been made available in Lucknow at Rs. 20 for the first kilometer and Rs. 8 per km there after making them immensely useful for short trips. Ola offers a range of smart commuting options in Lucknow that include multiple cab options like ‘Sedan’ and ‘Mini’, Autos and now E-rickshaws.


About Ola

Founded in Jan 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola (formerly Olacabs), is India’s most popular mobile app for personal transportation. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent and quick service fulfilment. Ola is committed to its mission of building mobility for a billion people. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 102 cities can book from over 4,50,000 vehicles across cabs, auto-rickshaws and taxis. Ola has also introduced a range of shared mobility services on its platform like Ola Shuttle and Ola Share for commute and ride-sharing respectively. The app is available on Android, iOS and Windows platforms. In early 2015, Ola acquired TaxiForSure, India’s second largest cab aggregator, which continues to operate as an independent brand.


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