The fresh funding will accelerate Ola Electric’s expansive initiatives, including the augmentation of its electric vehicle (EV) business and the establishment of India’s inaugural lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu.
Ola Electric will soon kickstart its lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility with an initial capacity of 5 gigawatt hours in the first phase, with plans for further scaling up to an impressive 100 gigawatt hours at total capacity.
“We are committed to developing core technologies in EVs and cells and are rapidly scaling up manufacturing to accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility further,” said founder and chief executive officer Bhavish Aggarwal.
“We have also planned to research and make lithium-ion cells. The plan is to make 5 Gwh of cell capacity in phase 1, and we will slowly expand that,” Aggarwal added.
This latest funding round, combining equity and debt, brings Ola Electric’s total fundraising efforts to over $1 billion. The company’s valuation is now approximately $5.4 billion, marking a significant surge from $5 billion in the previous year.
Ola Electric’s Strategic Moves
In a strategic maneuver within the electric vehicle industry, Ola Electric has diversified its offerings, unveiling plans for a motorcycle lineup slated for launch by the end of the upcoming year.
Notably, the firm has secured substantial investments from key stakeholders, including SoftBank, Tiger Global, Matrix, and others. Founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal holds a 36.6 percent stake in the company.
While Ola Electric is yet to file its annual report for FY23, its FY22 operating revenue stood at $50.7 million, experiencing a significant surge from $0.1 million in the previous fiscal year.
However, increased manufacturing expenses and overhead costs led to a fourfold rise in losses, reaching $105.7 million in FY22. Despite this, the company’s revenue growth paints a promising picture for its future prospects.
Ola Electric, capable of producing 1 million electric vehicles annually in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, intends to double its manufacturing capacity providing major boos to the local electric vehicle industry.
According to Aggarwal, the company aims to achieve this goal within six to nine months, increasing the output from 1 million to 2 million vehicles annually. Furthermore, he stated that their capacity may be expanded to an impressive 10 million vehicles annually.
Ola Electric’s recent funding success highlights the growing confidence in the electric vehicle industry sector, both domestically and internationally. The company is shaping India’s sustainable transportation future with strategic investments and ambitious expansion plans.
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