It’s been a pretty eventful year for electric vehicles. In India, Ola Electric Ola Electric The Ken The speed breakers in Ola Electric’s path to 10 million scooters a year Read more finally launched its much-awaited scooters; Ather opened a new production facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu; EV fleet startup BluSmart BluSmart The Ken EV rivals Tata, Jio-BP supercharge BluSmart’s India expansion plans Read more began working with both Tata Motors and Jio-BP.
To the east, in Southeast Asia, things are beginning to pick up speed as well. VinFast VinFast The Ken VinFast and Dat Bike’s 2-wheel EVs a real threat to gas in Vietnam Read more , an automotive manufacturer based in Vietnam, fully threw its weight behind a shift to EV production. Indonesia’s largest ride-hailing platform Gojek is teaming up with TBS Energi Utama, one of the country’s largest mining and energy companies, to form the “comprehensive and scalable EV ecosystem” Gojek Electrum Gojek Electrum The Ken Electrum rides into Indonesia’s E2W race Read more .
For all the bustle, however, India sold 40,000 two-wheeler EVs in November 2021, a number that pales in comparison to its massive automobile market. But it’s a significant milestone—this is the first time the country’s two-wheeler EV market has hit that number.
Things are only beginning to ramp up. And though it may be a little while before EVs become commonplace in the streets of Jakarta or Mumbai, it’s heading there quickly enough. The year of groundwork, anyone?
Janane, one of The Ken’s desk editors, chats with Nadine in Jakarta and Shruti in Mumbai about what went down in the EV segment this year and what 2022 may bring.
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