In May 2017, Bengaluru-based cab aggregator Ola launched a pilot of its electric vehicles project in Nagpur. The launch was important, not only because of the ambitions of the government but also the people present there. Union minister Nitin Gadkari and the chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis were both representing their individual constituencies in Nagpur.
Ola’s approach to solving the public transport problem in India has been different from its rival, Uber. So are its policy pitches to the government. For example, Ola’s entry into the electric vehicle (EV) segment. In contrast, Uber believes that peer-to-peer ride-sharing is the way forward.