Ola Hires GM Veteran To Realize Its Electric Vehicle Ambitions

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Ola, a ride-hailing and micro-mobility company, has announced that GM veteran Jose Pinheiro will serve as the Head of Global Manufacturing and Operations for its burgeoning electric vehicle business.

Pinheiro, who will lead all efforts related to the India-based company electric vehicles, will be in charge of building a string of electric scooter manufacturing facilities across India. These facilities, which will include the world’s largest scooter factory, will enable Ola to produce its lineup of two-wheeled vehicles that have been under development since it acquired Amsterdam-based electric scooter firm Etergo earlier this year.

To accomplish this monumental task, Pinheiro will lean on his deep industry experience as a long-time GM Vice President in charge of manufacturing for General Motors Latin America. Based out of São Paulo, Brazil, Pinheiro oversaw the region’s network of 16 GM industrial facilities spread across 9 countries.

Ola Chairman and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said, “His deep domain expertise will help us deliver the game changing Ola electric scooter at scale and will help catalyse the Indian EV ecosystem.” He added, “I look forward to working closely with Jose to build our world class manufacturing facilities and accelerate the world’s movement towards sustainable mobility.”

Pinheiro stated, “The rapid pace of progress at Ola is impressive and energising and I am looking forward to contributing to Ola’s mission of sustainable mobility. More than anything else I am very excited to be in India and work with this passionate group of people.”


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