Ola unveils indigenously made li-ion cells

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 12 Jul 2022


Ola Electric, on Tuesday announced the unveiling of its indigenously developed lithium-ion cell, NMC 2170. Built in-house, Ola said it will begin the mass production of its cell from its upcoming Gigafactory by 2023.

Bhavish Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, Ola Electric said, “Ola is building the world's most advanced cell research centre that will enable us to scale and innovate faster, and build the most advanced and affordable EV products in the world with speed. Our first indigenously-made Li-ion cell is also the first of many in our cell technology roadmap. Having a robust local EV ecosystem is important for India to become a global EV hub.”

According to the company, the state-of-the-art High Nickel Cylindrical Ola Cell uses NMC on the cathode side and graphite and silicon on the anode side. The use of specific chemistry and materials enables the cell to pack more energy in a given space and also improves the overall life cycle of the cell. The cell has been developed keeping the indigenous conditions at the core, it said.

The company was recently allocated 20GWh capacity under the ACC PLI scheme by the government for developing advanced cells in India, and is setting up a cutting edge cell manufacturing facility with an initial capacity of upto 20 GWh, localising the most critical part of the EV value chain. The company is also recruiting top cell R&D talent across the globe, and will employ 500 PhDs and Engineers, the statement reads.

Ola Electric launched its first electric vehicle in August 2021 and has set up the world’s largest 2W manufacturing facility in India. The company is currently developing its first electric 4W.

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