Ola Electric, India’s leading manufacturer of electric scooters, has announced Ola Futurefoundry, a global centre for advanced engineering and vehicle design.
Based in Coventry, UK, the hub will work with the design and engineering teams based at Ola Campus in Bangalore, India. Ola Electric claims it will house global talent across multiple disciplines of 2W and 4W vehicle design, advanced high-performance automotive engineering, digital and physical modelling and more. It will also house talent that will focus on vehicle R&D around new energy systems including cell technologies.
Ola will invest £100 million over the next 5 years into the state of the art centre and staff it with over 200 designers and automotive engineers. The centre will also partner with education and research institutions in the UK to collaborate on technology research and development.
Says Bhavish Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Ola:
“At Ola we are building the future of mobility and continue to attract the best global talent across disciplines. Ola Futurefoundry will enable us to tap into the fantastic automotive design and engineering talent in the UK to create the next generation of electric vehicles. Futurefoundry will work in close collaboration with our headquarters in Bangalore, India to help us build the future of mobility as we make EVs affordable across the world.”
Adds Wayne Burgess, Vice President of Vehicle Design, Ola Electric:
“We want to create a world-class design and R&D team with global sensibilities. Ola Futurefoundry is an important step in building a multi-disciplinary team that is agile, flexible, and responsive to the various needs of our consumers around the world. We are setting up in Coventry which is a global epicentre of automotive and technology talent.”