Ola, one of the largest cab-hailing service provider in India, has said that Delhi and Bangalore tops the list of cities for its shared cab service named Ola Share.
In the list of top five cities, Delhi and Bangalore are followed by Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. The company claims that its ride-hailing service has registered a 500% growth in the past year.
With that, it further says that it has effectively reduced 12 million kilograms of carbon dioxide and saved more than 7 million litres of fuel with the distance travel by cabs reduced by 84 million kilometers, since its inception as per the methodology designed by World Resource Institute (WRI).
Commenting on this, Vishal Kaul, chief operating officer at Ola, said,
Cities such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata are the biggest users of Ola Share, and to keep the momentum going, we are selling Share Pass at a flat Re 1 in all our Ola Share cities. Share Pass, one of our recent and most popular product innovations, has seen phenomenal growth since its launch in November last year. Currently, Share Pass has already pre-sold 20 million+ Ola Share rides.
Ola is now encouraging more and more commuters to share their rides by selling Share Pass — a subscription service that allows customers to take Ola Share rides at a flat fixed price. To encourage people to share rides, the company is also offering Share Pass for five rides at Rs 1 from June 5 to June 11.
The company is offering this shared rides service Ola Share across 26 Indian cities. Its biggest rival — Uber is also offering a similar service called UberPool.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the average occupancy of a vehicle is just 28%. Hence, by encouraging people to share rides, these companies hopes to increase the occupancy and reduce environmental effects.