Ola Reveals 100% Made In India Li-ion Battery Cell! Ola Electric Will Make & Use Its Own Batteries
Ola Electric CEO Bhavish Aggarwal shared an image of a Li-ion battery cell that he claims is the company’s first indigenously developed battery.
The innovation is expected to reduce the EV maker’s reliance on imported batteries.
It will start mass production of the cell — NMC 2170, from its Chennai-based Gigafactory by 2023.
Our first indigenously made Li-ion cell!— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) July 11, 2022
The cell is the heart of the EV revolution. We need to make our own technology to scale faster and innovate.
Much more in the pipeline on our cell technology roadmap! pic.twitter.com/pwywihRxBC
The battery comes as a high nickel cylindrical cell and uses NMC on the cathode side, and graphite and silicon on the anode side.
The specific chemistry and materials enables the cell to pack more energy in a given space.
It also improves the overall life cycle of the cell.
It has been developed with indigenous conditions in mind.
Cell research center
Aggarwal said that Ola is building the “world’s most advanced cell research center” that will help the company build the most advanced and affordable EV products in the world with speed.
This cell is also the first of many in the company’s cell technology roadmap, he added.
PLI Scheme allocation
The company was recently allocated 20GWh capacity under the government’s battery specific PLI scheme for developing advanced cells in the country.
Ola will set up a cell manufacturing facility with an initial capacity of upto 20 GWh, localising the most critical part of the EV value chain.
Recruiting top minds
It is also committed to invest in core R&D to create indigenous advanced cell technologies, strengthen manufacturing capabilities and create an integrated electric vehicles hub.
To that end, it is recruiting top cell R&D talent across the globe, and will employ 500 PhDs and Engineers.
Currently, the company is in the process of developing its first electric four-wheeler.