Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd (Ola Electric) has announced that Ratan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, has invested in the company as part of its Series A round of funding. Tata is also an early investor in Ola's parent company - ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd.
Tata is a global business icon, known for his vision and stewardship of one of the most respected Indian brands globally. In particular, Tata has been a driving force in the automotive industry, with a hands-on contribution to the innovation, growth, and international reach of Tata Motors. His investment in Ola Electric will bring his deep experience and mentorship to the company's ambitions to make electric mobility viable at scale.
Tata's investment in Ola Electric is a significant endorsement of the company's approach to developing an electric mobility ecosystem, including innovations in charging infrastructure, swapping models, and market-appropriate products. Ola Electric is currently running several pilots involving charging solutions, battery swapping stations, and deploying vehicles across two, three and four-wheeler segments.
Speaking on his investment, Ratan Tata, said, "The electric vehicle ecosystem is evolving dramatically every day, and I believe Ola Electric will play a key role in its growth and development. I have always admired the vision of Bhavish Aggarwal and I'm confident that this will be part of yet another important strategic move into this new business area."
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola said, "Tata has been an inspiration and a mentor to me personally in shaping Ola's journey over the years. I'm very excited to welcome him on board Ola Electric as an investor and a mentor in our mission of building sustainable mobility for everyone on our planet. He is a visionary who has inspired a generation of entrepreneurs and we are privileged to have his guidance and support once again, as we work towards our goal of a million electric vehicles in India by 2021."
Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd raised a sum of Rs 400 crore led by several of Ola's early investors - Tiger Global and Matrix India and others - as part of its first round of investment. The company was initially established to enable Ola's electric mobility pilot program in Nagpur. In 2018, Ola subsequently announced 'Mission: Electric' to bring 1 million electric vehicles on Indian roads by 2021.