Ola Mobility Institute and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) release policy brief on ‘Electrification of on-demand mobility in Delhi: Identification of Strategic Locations for Public EV Charging Stations in Delhi’

Ola Mobility Institute (OMI) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) collaborated* to use a data-driven approach to estimate the charging infrastructure needed to support cost-effective electrification of taxi fleets in the Delhi region. In the policy brief titled, ‘Electrification of On-demand Mobility in Delhi: Identification of Strategic Locations for public EV Charging Stations in Delhi’, ward-wise number of charging stations required have been identified for Delhi using real world travel demand data. The policy brief  also highlights how the framework employed is holistic in the sense that it combines trip data, vehicle cost, fuel cost, land cost, electricity generation and demand and the role of policy incentives.

The approach employed here can inform cost-effective implementation for the Delhi government, energy operators and users.  By strategically locating charging stations along high-demand corridors within a city, the government can ensure high utilization of the public charging stations and ensure a smooth user experience. 

The recommendations from the policy brief can be used by the government, businesses and urban planners, among others, to effectively plan Delhi’s charging infrastructure. The adoption of electric mobility has tremendous environmental and economic benefits. As cities move towards electrification, the framework developed in study can be applied to other cities and cater to the charging requirements of high-utilization vehicles.

Read the policy brief here 

About University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 

UCLA is a public research university in Los Angeles, California. UCLA has been ranked as the best public university in the country for multiple years by multiple university ranking organizations. Established in 1919, it is the second oldest of the 10 campus University of California systems. It consists of six undergraduate colleges, and seven professional schools. Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IoES) at UCLA strives to move science to action on the front lines of environmental progress. Using Los Angeles and California as a testbed, IoES promises solutions for the broader world. With its eight research centers and partnerships throughout the UCLA network, we achieve national and global reach.

About Ola Mobility Institute (OMI) 

OMI is the policy research and social innovation think-tank of Ola, focused on developing knowledge frameworks at the intersection of mobility innovation and public good. The Institute concerns itself with public research on the social and economic impact of mobility as a service, electric mobility, climate change, future of work and the mobility economy, transit-oriented planning, digitalisation of mobility, accessibility, safety, and gender. All research conducted at OMI is funded by ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (the parent company of brand Ola).

* Ola provided a representative data set of daily taxicab demand for New Delhi. However, no financial support was provided by Ola and the responsibility for underlying research rests solely with UCLA. 

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