Ola Electric – How and Why: The Ola electric scooter launched and its features

Ola Electric on the 75th Independence Day launched its new product, the S1 and S1 Pro in Bengaluru. Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal wrote a statement to their fans explaining the features of the new electric scooters, aimed at introducing customers to a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly form of transport as well as touted for being much safer as compared to traditional motorbikes.

Ola Electric has launched the e-scooters S1 and S1 Pro priced Rs 99,999 and Rs 1,29,999 respectively. The prices are ex-showroom including FAME subsiducy but uncluding state subsidy.

Top 3 main feature including :

1- Claimed range of up to 181km

2- 8.5kW (peak power) motor

3- Two variants – S1 and S1 Pro

Ola Electric’s latest line of scooters have been introduced, starting at just under 104,000 rupees. At first glance, the S1 and S1 Pro appear to be fairly similar when it comes to specs and features but checking out the minutiae is where the two machines differ.

Ola Electric

The Ola Electric S1 has a maximum load capacity of 170 kilograms, has a top speed of 35 km/h and boasts 100 percent electric juice. On the other hand, the S1 Pro offers 150 kg in maximum load capacity with a top speed of 40 km/h. Apart from these details though, these two are practically identical cars except for their colour schemes and battery watt hours which are reduced for the Pro model (52 Winns instead of 66).

The highly-anticipated Ola Electric Scooter has been launched and is now available at an incredibly competitive price tag. Once state incentives and the recent government announcement that EVs will be exempt from road dues have been factored in, the base price of the scooter could very well come down to even cheaper than the base price of what some call a traditional scooter like the Honda Activa 125 ! Deliveries are set to begin from October 2021 .

Ola S1, S1 Pro specifications and range details :

Ola Electric hasn’t achieved this with cutting costs when it comes to the specifications, as the S1 and S1 Pro have an impressive claimed range of 121km and 181km, respectively; these are likely to be ARAI numbers. Both scooters get fixed batteries, with the S1 getting a 2.98kWh unit and the S1 Pro getting a 3.97kWh battery. In comparison, the Ather 450X has a battery capacity of 2.9kWh. Kerb weight figures, meanwhile, stand at 121kg and 125kg.

Pitching a hyper-drive motor that caps at 8.5kW plays a vital role in Ola’s climb up the electric scooter ladder. This pushes the top speed of both models to 90kph and 115kph respectively, while accelerating them from 0-40kph in 3sec (S1 Pro) and 5sec (S1 Pro). They will beat any competition on the market with 58Nm’s of torque.

The Ola scooter has only one riding mode, and that is the ‘normal’ mode. The Ola Electric scooter gives the rider three different riding modes instead of just one: Hyper, Super and Eco. It is likely that it will hit a top speed of around 115kph in its hyped up Hyper mode! The Ola S1’s suspension on its wheels is double-sided whereas the Ola electric scooter uses single-sided suspension to squeeze out as much power as possible. Also, the normal scooter uses not disc brakes but rather drum brakes at both ends of its wheels. For an added boost, the electric version uses disc brakes which are more efficient at managing power in the way an electric bike would do with engine-braking under hard breaking conditions.

Ola S1, S1 Pro features:

The Ola Electric scooter has a large TFT display that shows a host of information, including navigation. This read-out also lets you toggle between rider profiles, allowing for individual customisation. Another neat feature is the CO2 read-out that enables you to see how much CO2 you’ve avoided during this transit journey.

Like the other scooters in this segment, this one too gets a reverse mode and proximity unlock. The scooter also has a customizable sound system which can be controlled using onboard speakers – just like the model from Revolt .

The S1 Pro variant gets a hill hold function, cruise control and voice assistant functions; these aren’t available on the S1. The S1 and S1 Pro both have all-LED lighting, but only five body colors are available for the first vehicle. Further down the line, there will be ten options for anyone opting for the S improved version of this car.

Ola S1, S1 Pro: charge time:

The S1 and S1 Pro come with a home charger that need to put into the wall outlet. It takes about 4.48 hours to fully charge the scooter. Ola has plans to help you charge your Ola electric scooters at an even faster speed by building superchargers at 1,00,000 locations across India in the next year. These superchargers can recharge your scooter in 18 minutes adding 75km of range on average.

Ola Electric scooter vs rivals: price comparison:

With a starting price of Rs. 1 Lakh, the Ola Electric Scooter is priced lower than its competitors such as the TVS iQube (Rs. 1.01 Lakh), Bajaj Chetak (Rs. 1.42 Lakh) and Ather 450 (Starts at Rs. 1.13Lakh).

The Honda Activa is India’s undisputed best-selling scooter, and due to its popularity in the country it sells out faster than ***. At the moment there are four variants available from the manufacturer: The base model (6G), an LX offering of sorts, a sportier i-VTEC version, and finally a bike that can turn heads with its oh-so-rail thin silencer and its 125cc engine. All variants come with LED tail lights and tubeless tyres that go for nearly twice as long as regular tyres before needing replacement!