Ola to delay delivery of first batch of scooters

Ola to delay delivery of first batch of scooters

Ola Electric will deliver the first batch of its electric scooters from December 15 to December 31, delaying the schedule by two to four weeks due to shortage of chipsets and electronic parts. All deliveries for the first batch of orders were expected by November 30.

The company decided on Saturday after a meeting between its factory team and the global supply chain that deliveries of chips and electronic parts were only “getting worse”, sources said. business standard,

Ola apologized for the delay in the letter to customers and said that it is “increasing production as soon as possible so that you can get your Ola S1 at the earliest”.

Chip shortages have affected automakers around the world. Qualcomm has entered into an agreement to provide Ola Electric with the flagship 4G-connected octa core Android platform that provides connectivity, computing capabilities. Qualcomm gets its chips manufactured by other third party players.

Qualcomm India President Rajen Wagadia in an interview business standard Late last month, said (not specific to any company) that while his company is making all efforts to bring some normalization by April 2022, some industries like automobiles may suffer for a while and catch up. Might have to do a little more. , The dependence on chips in running an electric vehicle can be gauged from the fact that the industry estimates that a two-wheeler requires around 15-20 micro chips and sensors, while the number of cars is above 150- 200. May go.

“Yes, there is a problem and the situation is evolving. But I think we are better than others because we had planned for shortfall. So the impact is not that obvious,” Varun Dubey, chief marketing officer, Ola Electric, said a few days ago when asked about the chip shortage.

Ola started bookings from September 15 and announced that it sold Rs 600 crore on the first day, Rs 1100 crore on the second day. And while the test ride has begun for the booking customers, the delivery is still awaited.

Ola is certainly not the only player to face chip shortage. Tarun Mehta, co-founder of Ather Energy, another EV scooter maker, has said in the past that the delivery schedule of some chips had increased by almost ten times.

“The delivery time for these was 3-4 weeks earlier, now it is 36-38 weeks. This is a big hurdle for growth players like us. Mehta said in November.

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