According to a recent announcement from Ola Electric on Monday, it is soon going to launch its e-scooter manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu, which will be entirely operated by almost 10,000 women.
According to the chief executive officer of Ola, Bhavish Aggarwal, this automotive manufacturing factory will be one of its kind, and also the largest women-only operated factory in the world.
Workers will be required to learn new skills to work efficiently in this advanced factory, different from what they have been used to applying in the automotive manufacturing industry.
This initiative is Ola’s First step in its purpose of providing more economic opportunities to women and increasing their contribution to their organization.
These workers have been trained by Ola with the necessary manufacturing skills so that they can undertake the efficient production of electric vehicles in its FutureFactory.
In 2020, Ola announced to make an investment of around ₹2,400 crores for setting up this FutureFactory. Initially, the factory will manufacture e-scooters with a target of 1 million units. But if the demand grows then the production capacity can be doubled.
This factory of Ola is claimed to have more than 3,000 artificial intelligence-enabled robots installed in it, which are collectively able to ready an e-scooter in 2 seconds.
According to the CyberMedia Research’s (CMR), smart mobility analyst, Piyush Chowdhary, because of the delicate handling requirements of components like sensors and motherboard in the electric vehicles, women have started getting more opportunities in the electric vehicles manufacturing industry.
He added, even electric vehicles require the assembly of fewer components, as compared to the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, which makes the manufacturing processes more cost-effective.
According to an industry professional, auto component firms in South India are observing increased participation of women in the assembling functions. Due to the involvement of fewer components, the assembly process of electric vehicles is considered less complex than regular assembly lines.