Indian electric two-wheeler manufacturer, Ola Electric has recently announced that it will employ 10,000 women employees at its new facility in Tamil Nadu by the time it gets fully operational.
Confirming the news, Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO of Ola Electric, said that this will be one of the world's biggest women-only factories and the only one of its kind in the automobile sector. He said that the Ola is upskilling its staff as its factory is significantly more advanced than the majority of the automotive sector.
In his blog, Mr. Aggarwal mentioned that this was the first in a series of initiatives at Ola that focuses on building a more diverse workforce and enhancing economic prospects for women in general. The firm has put a lot of money into training and upskilling women in key manufacturing skills, and they'll be in charge of the entire production process at Ola FutureFactory.
Last year, the ride-hailing business, which is actively pushing its impending consumer electric scooters, announced a $320 million (INR 2,400-crore) investment to establish a FutureFactory. The factory's annual manufacturing capacity is projected to start at 1 million units in the first phase, increasing to 2 million if demand increases.
According to Ola, production at its factory is highly automated. It features over 3,000 artificial intelligence (AI)-powered robots that allow it to produce each scooter in only 2 seconds.
Piyush Chowdhary, analyst—smart mobility, CyberMedia Research (CMR), said that women-run factories are becoming more widespread, particularly in producing two-wheeled electric vehicles. In the EV manufacturing industry, women have been proven to be more adaptive than men.
In comparison to a comparable internal combustion engine (ICE) car, an EV typically has only 20 moving components. As a result, EV production procedures are easier to automate than ICE vehicles, Mr. Chowdhary explained.