Ceiling-to-floor whiteboards cover the walls of the second floor sun-lit office. One date, in a bold red circle, is unmissable. “We will be launching our EV [electric vehicle] operations by 15 April. 1,000 electric scooters across Bengaluru,” says Vivekananda Hallekere, co-founder at India’s largest two-wheeler ride-sharing company, Bounce, whose office this is.
Hallekere talks in clipped sentences, afraid to give too much away. He also seems to be in a hurry. A hurry to finish the interview. Hurry to scale and grow Bounce. Hurry to the finish line.
While Bounce makes the switch to e-scooters, its rival Yulu, another shared, eco-friendly micro-mobility offering, is giving bicycle-sharing a makeover.