Ola Electric has introduced a new Lithium-ion cell, NMC 2170, which is designed in-house by the company. It is also the first Lithium-ion cell developed in India for electric vehicles. Ola Electric has been in the line of fire, pun unintended, due to battery-related incidents. The NMC 2170 will reportedly address most issues as it has been developed keeping the Indian weather conditions, diverse terrain, and traffic in mind.
The NMC 2170 is a high nickel cylindrical Ola cell that uses NMC on the cathode side, and graphite and silicon on the anode side. The brand says that it has incorporated specific chemistry and materials in the cell to store higher energy in a given space. It is also expected to have positive effects on the overall life of the cell. Ola will start mass production of the cell at its upcoming Gigafactory in 2023.
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Bhavish Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of Ola Electric, said, “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. 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.”
Ola Electric is the first Indian auto and electric vehicle company to be chosen by the government of India to develop an advanced cell manufacturing facility under the ₹80,000 crore ACC PLI cell scheme. The EV manufacturer is said to start production with an initial capacity of up to 20 GWh, which should be enough to churn out 5 million electric scooters per year.
Over 40 worldwide suppliers are in talks with Ola Electric for this ambitious project. Ola Electric will be recruiting top cell R&D talent from around the world along with 500 PhDs and engineers.
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