Several cab services in Bengaluru switch to e-mode to cut operational costs | Bengaluru News – Times of India
With the setting up of charging stations and entry of EV models, more operators are expected to shift to battery-run vehicles in the coming days. The benefits include less operational costs, cleaner mode of transport and reduced carbon footprint.
“In alignment with our global vision of becoming a zero emission platform by 2040, we’ve partnered with industry pioneers who use a mix of captive and public e-charging infrastructure. At present, we have over 150 e-vehicles in Bengaluru alone. We expect two and three-wheeled EVs to become accessible and affordable to drivers, given their comparatively lower maintenance costs. We plan to have 3,000 e-vehicles on our platform in India by the end of 2021,” a Uber spokesperson said.
Sources in Ola cabs said they don’t have any immediate plans to launch e-cabs though they piloted electric mobility in Nagpur in 2017. “Now, our focus is to sell e-scooters which will be launched soon,” said a source.
MotherPod Innovations Private Limited, a shared mobility solutions provider managed by ex-servicemen, recently launched ‘SainikPod Sit &Go’ mobility service in Bengaluru. “SainikPod is a unique ex-servicemen (ESM) driven initiative that provides end-to-end zero carbon footprint mobility solution,” said Rama Subramaniam, promoter of MotherPod. The company plans to build a network of charging stations for its fleet. Another e-cab service named Envi by Malbork Technologies Pvt Ltd was launched last year.
Sanjeev Kumar, founder of Malbork Technologies Pvt Ltd, which operates Envi cabs, said: “We’ve more than 100 e-cabs, but due to Covid, users are much lesser than anticipated. We’re running only 25 cabs. But, we’re ramping up to 300 cabs in the next three-four months. We have plans to expand further within and outside the city this year. We’re also building our own charging infrastructure which will be powered by solar power.”
Another e-cab service, ‘eee-Taxi’ is also available for the public in Bengaluru.