Ola Electric Make India’s First Indigenous Lithium Ion Cells

Ola’s new India-made Lithium Ion cells will be put to use in their S1 Pro scooters and upcoming new products… production starts in 2024…

So, Ola Electric have announced the development of indigenous Li-ion battery cells which are suitable for India-specific usage and climatic conditions. However, the newly developed cells are still in the early stages of development & testing. 

India-made Lithium Ion cells

These new indigenous battery cells are being called ‘NMC 2170’ by the company. Ola Electric says these cells use Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt-Oxide (NMC) on the Cathode side (positive), while the anode side (negative) is made up of Graphite and Silicon. 

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They further claim that these new cells have been developed specifically to tackle the extreme Indian usage and climatic conditions. This means that they are trying to develop a more robust battery pack that will better tackle our extreme conditions. 

These new cells will be produced from 2024, at their Gigafactory in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu and will be put to use on the current  Ola S1 Pro scooter along with other upcoming electric offerings. 

It’s about time that Ola and other Indian EV manufacturers take matters into their own hands of developing the battery packs and other hardware and software components in India itself, in order to avoid sub-par components & hardware that has been found to be the real culprit of many EV fire incidents.

Not to mention, an in-house developed cell will also reduce the overall production cost as well, bringing down the overall cost of EVs.