Agreed, but the learning from the 1st project was the need for super chargers or faster battery swapping. The charging technology hasn’t changed much during the last 1 year. The major R&D players in this ecosystem are Tesla, Panasonic, Samsung etc. So what solution has Ola come up with for this problem? This is not mentioned in the article. It just says:
Ola said the EV programme in Nagpur provided significant insights into effectively managing vehicles, batteries, and operations and the company plans to continue its experimentation with ways to optimise batteries and charging “to develop a strong business model for EV deployment in the country”
For the sake of the environment and the Indian tech ecosystem, I sincerely hope that Ola has come up with an innovative solution for this problem. But having experienced their tech (ride booking app) and their previous track record of launching new initiatives (they shut their grocery and food ordering business 4-5 months after the launch. Just one example), I am extremely sceptical about this.
If the industry sees ‘big failures’, then this reduces the enthusiasm among the policy makers and manufacturers about switching from internal combustion engines to EVs. So it is important that big companies like Ola succeed at this. So it is important to build upon past failures and replicate success stories instead of replicating problems.