Ola Electric’s new e-scooter factory only employs women

Ola Electrical, the electric-scooter maker spun out of Indian ride-sharing firm Ola, says it’s opening a large factory that can produce one in seven of the world’s e-scooters by subsequent yr, making it the world’s largest e-scooter factory. Additionally it is going to be completely operated by women: greater than 10,000, which might make it the world’s greatest female-run factory.

“An Aatmanirbhar Bharat requires Aatmanirbhar women,” Ola’s founder Bhavish Aggarwal wrote at the moment in a blog post, invoking a political slogan that means “Self-Reliant India” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi loves to make use of.

Futurefactory’s first staff confirmed up this weekend, and it’ll proceed so as to add extra within the coming months. Aggarwal known as it “the primary in a collection of initiatives we’re endeavor at Ola to create a extra inclusive workforce and supply financial alternatives for women throughout the board.” Giving extra financial alternatives to women is vital to rising the economic system in India, the place women nonetheless account for less than 20% of the workforce. “In actual fact,” Aggarwal wrote, “research present that simply offering women parity within the labor workforce can develop India’s GDP by 27%.”

Since splitting off from India’s high ride-sharing firm in 2019, Ola Electrical has been on one thing of an growth tear. Final Might, it acquired high-tech Dutch e-scooter maker Etergo to assist it break into the worldwide market. Futurefactory, simply exterior Bangalore, is a part of its goal to supply a new scooter each two seconds, and to start out constructing electrical three-wheelers and automobiles, too.