Scale thrills Ola Electric, but it must mind the blind spots ahead. Hint: charging, lack of tie-ups

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Ola Electric scooter manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu, India; image credit: Ola

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As it will have a new plant and product, Ola Electric will have a lot of issues to tackle. While the company is putting a lot of emphasis on automation and building key components like motor, battery pack, and most of the software in-house, love for scale and speed are both its greatest strength and weakness.

Bhavish Aggarwal has a new passion. Since 2020, the founder and CEO of ride-sharing major Ola, has been spending most of his time shaping a vision for electric scooters. Ola Electric is a priority for him. Before many in the auto industry, Aggarwal saw an electric-vehicle (EV) wave coming to India. He had invested in Tork Motors, an electric-motorcycle startup, in 2016. Ola started testing the viability of EVs in India the very next year. For

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