Ola Electric’s DRHP Reveals Vulnerability to Government Policies

Navigating the Road Ahead – Ola Electric’s IPO Journey Amidst Policy Dynamics and Operational Challenges


In its ambitious pursuit of raising over INR 7,000 Cr through a public listing, Ola Electric, the prominent electric mobility startup led by Bhavish Aggarwal, has recently filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI. While the move marks a significant step for the company, a closer examination of the document highlights a notable vulnerability – dependence on government subsidies and potential impacts of policy changes.

Key Risk Factors:

  1. Reliance on FAME-II and PLI Subsidies: Ola Electric, in its DRHP, has candidly pointed out its dependence on government incentives, specifically those provided under FAME-II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) and PLI (Production-Linked Incentive) schemes. These subsidies play a crucial role in enhancing the competitiveness of electric vehicles (EVs) in the market. The company acknowledges that any reduction or elimination of these subsidies could potentially diminish the competitiveness of its electric two-wheelers.
  2. Operating Losses: Another significant risk factor highlighted by Ola Electric is its current operating losses. While striving to establish itself as a key player in the electric two-wheeler segment, the company faces the challenge of sustaining financial viability. Investors and stakeholders will closely monitor how Ola Electric addresses these losses and navigates the path towards profitability.
  3. Addressing Defects in Two-Wheeler EVs: Acknowledging that no venture is without its share of challenges, Ola Electric has openly flagged the potential failure to address defects in its two-wheeler EVs. The ability to identify and promptly rectify any issues in their electric vehicles will be critical to maintaining customer trust and ensuring long-term success in the competitive electric mobility market.

Implications for Ola Electric’s IPO: The revelation of these risk factors in the DRHP suggests that Ola Electric’s success in the public market is closely tied to the stability and continuity of government policies supporting the EV sector. Investors will likely scrutinize the company’s strategies to mitigate operating losses and its commitment to quality control and customer satisfaction.


As Ola Electric prepares for its IPO, the disclosed risk factors underscore the intricate dance between government policies, financial sustainability, and product quality in the electric mobility sector. While the DRHP provides transparency, it also raises questions about how well Ola Electric can adapt to potential shifts in the regulatory landscape and market dynamics. Investors, no doubt, will be closely watching these developments as they assess the company’s investment potential in the dynamic world of electric mobility.

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