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Ola was founded in December 2010 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people. Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs. Apart from the ride-hailing business Ola Cabs, the holding company ANI Technologies also operates four subsidiaries: Ola Fleet, Ola Financial Services, Ola Foods and Ola Cars. As of September 2019, it also owns a 6% stake in the electric scooter manufacturing company Ola Electric. The company in 2021 also launched its new and pre-owned car marketplace called Ola Cars in 30 cities. Apart from this, Ola Electric's much-anticipated electric scooter, S1, was also finally launched on August 15, coinciding with India's Independence Day, a larger message that its founder Bhavish Aggarwal wants to drive home on building in India for the world. The ride hailing world has always been criticized for overcharging and lack of transparency. The fact that the same ride can cost different amounts depending on the time, day and the profiles, history and rating of the driver as well as passenger has also incurred much customer wrath. Meanwhile, the company Ola also plans to go public in the first half of 2022, Chief Executive Officer Bhavish Aggarwal had said on December 2. More

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  • Electric two-wheeler sales to touch 22 million by 2030 Feb 01, 2023 09:06 AM IST

    Electric two-wheeler sales to touch 22 million by 2030

    The government has been the force behind EV adoption with schemes like FAME and PLI, which should be continued for the next few years, a report by Redseer Strategy Consultants has said

  • Bengaluru man sues Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal over defunct AC in cab, wins Rs 15,000 Jan 27, 2023 12:15 PM IST

    Bengaluru man sues Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal over defunct AC in cab, wins Rs 15,000

    A Bengaluru businessman sued Ola after discovering the AC in his cab did not work.

  • Ola lays off 200 employees in 'restructuring exercise' Jan 13, 2023 10:15 AM IST

    Ola lays off 200 employees in 'restructuring exercise'

    The laid-off employees are from Ola Cabs, Ola Electric, and Ola Financial Services verticals

  • Viral Twitter thread highlights 2 businessmen who took financial support from wives Jan 10, 2023 01:15 PM IST

    Viral Twitter thread highlights 2 businessmen who took financial support from wives

    Twitter user Richa Singh used the example of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal to illustrate her point about startup founders who owe their success, in large part, to their spouses.

  • Karnataka High Court stays 5% commission cap for Ola, Uber and Rapido autos Jan 05, 2023 08:11 PM IST

    Karnataka High Court stays 5% commission cap for Ola, Uber and Rapido autos

    While the Karnataka High Court fixed a temporary rate of 10 percent over and above the ride cost, after several meetings with various stakeholders the Karnataka transport department proposed it to be set at 5 percent

  • Ola Electric sells 1.5 lakh EV scooters in 2022, eyes expansion in export markets Dec 28, 2022 08:54 PM IST

    Ola Electric sells 1.5 lakh EV scooters in 2022, eyes expansion in export markets

    In 2022 Ola Electric scaled up its premium scooter, the Ola S1, and completed the electrification of the premium scooter market (priced at more than Rs 1,00,000) in 1 year.

  • Ola, Uber, Dunzo, PharmEasy, Amazon Flex score 0/10 in providing fair conditions for gig workers: Report Dec 27, 2022 02:15 PM IST

    Ola, Uber, Dunzo, PharmEasy, Amazon Flex score 0/10 in providing fair conditions for gig workers: Report

    The report rated 12 platforms on fair pay, fair conditions, fair contracts, fair management, and fair representation.

  • Delhi, Bengaluru see highest number of Uber trips in 2022: Report Dec 26, 2022 02:49 PM IST

    Delhi, Bengaluru see highest number of Uber trips in 2022: Report

    The most popular product in terms of the number of trips was Uber Go, with Uber Auto coming in a very close second - showing the growing preference for App commute, for vehicles typically hailed off the roads earlier.

  • Bengaluru residents and auto drivers bear brunt of commission and licence issues of Ola, Uber and Rapido Dec 09, 2022 01:08 PM IST

    Bengaluru residents and auto drivers bear brunt of commission and licence issues of Ola, Uber and Rapido

    Multiple auto drivers said that they have quit Ola, Uber and Rapido and are looking for alternatives.

  • Budget 2023: Startup industry body seeks changes in direct and indirect taxes Dec 09, 2022 01:02 PM IST

    Budget 2023: Startup industry body seeks changes in direct and indirect taxes

    IndiaTech.org which represents start-ups like MakeMyTrip, Nykaa, Ola, Policybazaar, Dream11, BharatMatrimony has sent a two separate submissions of direct and indirect taxes recommendations on December 8

  • Morning Scan: All the big stories to get you started for the day Dec 05, 2022 08:04 AM IST

    Morning Scan: All the big stories to get you started for the day

    A round-up of the biggest articles from newspapers

  • Karnataka govt cannot over-regulate app-based aggregators by deciding revenue sharing models: IAMAI Dec 01, 2022 06:35 PM IST

    Karnataka govt cannot over-regulate app-based aggregators by deciding revenue sharing models: IAMAI

    The industry body said that the 10% commission cap is affecting businesses and suggested the government hold periodic bi-annual meetings with app-based aggregators like Ola, Uber, and Rapido.

  • Ola, Uber drivers fret over 5% convenience fee on each autorickshaw ride Nov 27, 2022 04:45 PM IST

    Ola, Uber drivers fret over 5% convenience fee on each autorickshaw ride

    The Karnataka government on November 25 directed the regional transport authorities to charge five per cent convenience fee and GST from the ride hailing companies on each autorickshaw ride by the passengers.

  • Karnataka govt proposes 5% commission for app-based auto aggregators Ola, Uber and Rapido Nov 25, 2022 05:10 PM IST

    Karnataka govt proposes 5% commission for app-based auto aggregators Ola, Uber and Rapido

    Earlier, the government had agreed to the Karnataka High Court’s temporary orders to cap the commission charged by the aggregator at 10 percent.

  • Ather charts ambitious plans to become India's biggest EV maker, invests Rs 320 crore in new plant Nov 23, 2022 06:21 PM IST

    Ather charts ambitious plans to become India's biggest EV maker, invests Rs 320 crore in new plant

    The EV maker is in the final stages of getting an approval from the state govenrment to set up another new plant with a total capacity of around one million electric vehicles per annum by the end of FY23.

  • 'Inspiring is an understatement': Vijay Shekhar Sharma after meeting Ola's Bhavish Aggarwal Nov 21, 2022 05:02 PM IST

    'Inspiring is an understatement': Vijay Shekhar Sharma after meeting Ola's Bhavish Aggarwal

    Congratulating, Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal and his team, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma said he was certain that they would make India proud.

  • Epicentre of climate-change tech will move into India: Prashanth Prakash Nov 16, 2022 06:52 PM IST

    Epicentre of climate-change tech will move into India: Prashanth Prakash

    There’s a large opportunity in this space to build from India for the world, says the co-founder of venture capital major Accel India and Board member at ACT.

  • Launching state's own ride-hailing app not feasible: Karnataka transport commissioner Nov 15, 2022 08:51 PM IST

    Launching state's own ride-hailing app not feasible: Karnataka transport commissioner

    The newly appointed transport commissioner SN Siddaramappa’s words came as a response to Bengaluru residents' and auto drivers' request to the government to develop a state-run app and decide on the fares

  • Ola to shut down its infotainment service Ola Play from November 15 Nov 11, 2022 03:16 PM IST

    Ola to shut down its infotainment service Ola Play from November 15

    In the public notice, Ola said that the company restricts any third party from any kind of usage of, modification, or transfer of the Ola Play devices more particularly during the ride-hailing services.

  • Ola showcases S1 electric scooters at EICMA 2022; will make its entry in European markets in Q1 Nov 09, 2022 02:47 PM IST

    Ola showcases S1 electric scooters at EICMA 2022; will make its entry in European markets in Q1

    The company announced its plan to enter the key European markets in Q1 2023, as a part of the International expansion strategy. With this announcement, Ola Electric has taken the first step towards leading Europe’s journey to become the first automotive emission-free continent by 2050, said the company in a press release.

  • App-based auto ban: Karnataka HC allows govt, cos more time to conclude on commission charges Nov 07, 2022 05:45 PM IST

    App-based auto ban: Karnataka HC allows govt, cos more time to conclude on commission charges

    This comes as an extension time given by the Karnataka High Court, which had previously given 15 days' time to the state government, regulators, and cab aggregators to work out a fair pricing mechanism.

  • Ola Electric to touch production of 10 lakh units by November 2023 Nov 06, 2022 03:56 PM IST

    Ola Electric to touch production of 10 lakh units by November 2023

    Earlier the company had said it has the current capacity of 20 lakh units per annum at its factory and it would be exhausted in the next six to eight months.

  • No technology transfer with Hero: Ather Energy CBO Ravneet Phokela Nov 04, 2022 05:03 PM IST

    No technology transfer with Hero: Ather Energy CBO Ravneet Phokela

    The brand’s chief business officer talks about expanding the portfolio, competing with stakeholder Hero and how Ather is going about streamlining supply chain issues

  • Karnataka ban impact: Uber may restrict auto services in parts of Bengaluru Nov 01, 2022 05:28 PM IST

    Karnataka ban impact: Uber may restrict auto services in parts of Bengaluru

    Since removing the doorstep compensation on Uber, cancellations have increased by over 50 percent in the city, as availability reduces and drivers turn down trips that are not economically viable for them

  • The K'taka Transport Department and app-based auto aggregators are in loggerheads again: Here's why Oct 29, 2022 08:31 PM IST

    The K'taka Transport Department and app-based auto aggregators are in loggerheads again: Here's why

    The Karnataka High Court had given 15 days time to the state government, regulators, and cab aggregators to work out a fair pricing mechanism. The next hearing was adjourned to November 7