India’s Ola, one of the world’s largest ridesharing platforms, has announced its plans to enter New Zealand to provide both drivers and passengers a fair and safe way to get around Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. This is Ola’s latest overseas market penetration after it started its service in UK and Australia.
To build Ola’s presence locally, Brian Dewil has been appointed as country manager for New Zealand.
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO at Ola said, “we see a real opportunity in New Zealand to provide a fair alternative in the ride share space for both customers and drivers. We invested in understanding the New Zealand customer and devised the right strategy to meet their transport needs.”
He further added, “we are the rideshare brand that cares and are looking forward to creating high-quality transport experiences for both passengers and drivers in New Zealand.”
“Kiwis have had too little choice when it comes to rideshare. Ola’s arrival will create a compelling experience that puts the quality of rides first. I’m excited to build the local team and business in New Zealand and provide a healthy contribution to the nation’s local mobility infrastructure”, said Brian Dewil, Country Manager NZ at Ola.
Ola’s launch into New Zealand follows its successful launch in Australia in February 2018 and the UK in August 2018. Today, Ola operates in seven major cities across Australia and has close to 50,000 registered drivers who have completed millions of rides.
Founded in 2011, Ola enables smart transportation to over 125 million users in India, Australia and the UK. Through its platform, Ola serves as many as a billion rides annually.