Ola Electric’s prototype self-driving vehicle has been provided with 3 lidar sensors, a GPS sensor and a camera for object detection. Self-driving technology featured in the prototype vehicle by Ola Electric included Emergency Brake Assistance, Auto Driving, Accident Avoidance, Automatic Braking and Auto Speed Control.
The electric vehicle maker also made several revelations about the company’s future and battery technology. Ola said that it is looking at making its own battery. Company CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said that Ola is looking at battery cell manufacturing and will soon start setting up its own cell manufacturing facility with a capacity of up to 50GWh.
Ola currently uses lithium-ion cells imported from South Korea. LG Chem manufactures these cells and each battery pack currently has a total of 224 cells (112 on each side).
Each cell used in the battery pack weighs 67 grams and uses the chemical Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC). NMC cells have the ability to store more energy which has made them very popular for use in electric vehicles. Lithium phosphate (LFP) batteries are known for their long life cycle and are becoming a more popular choice for use in electric vehicles around the world. Ola has said that it will consider LFP cells for the low power variants.
Ola Electric uses a plastic based thermal interface material to house the cells in the battery pack. This thermal interface material plays a vital role in ensuring efficient thermal management. Thermal interface material based plastics transfer heat between two or more solid surfaces and help to absorb the heat released from the charging and discharging of the battery.
Ola Electric also confirmed that Move OS 2, the operating system that controls the digital display in its S1 Pro scooter and helps enable a number of features on the electric vehicle, is currently being tested. Move OS 2 will soon be activated on customer’s vehicles through an update.
Ola Electric CEO Bhavish Agarwal also revealed that the EV maker will be re-introducing the Ola S1 scooter in the Indian market later this year. The S1 will be reintroduced as a lower-cost variant in Ola Electric’s scooter lineup. The electric two-wheeler maker also confirmed that it is working on new products including electric motorcycles.