Ola, an Indian competitor to Uber that makes its own electric vehicles, announced Tuesday that it has hired Jaguar Land Rover veteran Wayne Burgess to lead vehicle design.
Burgess, who worked at Jaguar Land Rover for nearly 20 years on models such as the XF, F-Type, F-Pace SUV and XE, joined Ola’s electric vehicle business, Ola Electric, where he leads the design for the company’s entire EV product becomes range that includes scooters, bicycles and cars.
Before Jaguar Land Rover, Burgess worked for premium British automakers such as Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. He worked on the Bentley Arnage in 1998 and on the Aston Martin DB9 in the mid-2000s.
Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman and Group CEO of Ola, said in a statement that Burgess “will bring global appeal and design aesthetics to our electric vehicle changing industry”. Burgess said he looks forward to leading a team “that will work to create state-of-the-art electric vehicles for the world”.
Ola is the largest hail shipping company in India and competes with California heavyweight Uber in several countries.
Headquartered in Bangalore, the company was founded by Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati in 2010 and plans to launch its first electric scooters in the coming months. These vehicles are more like mopeds (motorcycles without a gearbox) than the e-scooters from companies like Bird, Lime, Voi and Tier.
The Ola Scooter is made in the Ola Futurefactory in Tamil Nadu, India, which is still under construction. When Ola is fully functional, the facility will produce 10 million Ola rollers per year.
Ola spun off its electric vehicle business into a separate entity in February 2019 with a funding volume of $ 56 million. In addition to electric vehicles, charging solutions, electric vehicle batteries and the development of an infrastructure that will enable commercial electric vehicles to operate on a large scale are being developed.