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Ola electric scooter – will it make the magic in India?

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Ola electric scooter features, Ola electric scooter in India

Ola Electric scooter has launched its S1 and S1 Pro e-scooters in India. These electric scooters will be fully open for purchase starting the 8th of September with deliveries set to begin in October. The package looks really exciting considering the price-features combinations of the scooter. The company looks ambitious about its plans for India and says that the launch of its electric scooters certainly marks a revolution in the EV space.

Before we talk about the price and features, let’s walk around the ola electric scooter from Auto Car India:

Ola electric scooter price:

Ola electric scooter S1 variant is launched at a price of Rs 99,999, and S1 pro is at Rs 1,29,999 which is more powerful and long-range. The key difference between S1 vs S1 Pro for the price difference of Rs 30,000 is that the difference in the battery pack. The S1 features a lower-spec Li-ion unit that provides a maximum claimed riding range of 121km (ARAI tested) while the S1 Pro’s battery pack provides a maximum range of 181km (ARAI tested).

The prices, at present, are inclusive of FAME II subsidies and exclude individual state subsidies and that will lower the prices considerably. For example, with current Gujarat’s state subsidy, the price of the Ola S1 comes down to Rs 79,999 (on-road). Similarly, the subsidy in Delhi brings the price down to Rs 85, 099, while the Maharashtra subsidy policy, once ratified, will bring the price down to approximately Rs 89,999.

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Power, Performance and Features:

Both the variants come with the electric motor producing peak power of 8.5 kW. However, while the S1 features a 2.9 kWh battery, the S1 Pro has a considerably larger 3.9 kWh battery. This makes S1 Pro giving the claimed range of 181km, as per the government approved India Drive Cycle (IDC) range-testing method.

The S1 has a claimed range of 121km, which is also higher than anything currently offered by the competition. Apart from that, the S1 has a top-speed of 90 kph, the S1 Pro gets an extended top-speed of 115 kph making it the fastest electric scooter in the world, according to the Ola.

The scooter has ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ riding modes which are standard across both variants. However, the S1 Pro gets a ‘Hyper’ riding mode, unleashing the unrestricted accelerative prowess of the scooter which, propels the S1 Pro from 0-60 kph in a staggering 5 seconds. The Ola S1 is not too far though by hitting 60 kph in 7 seconds.

It has got a special feature of ‘Reverse mode’ and ‘Hill Hold’, with the latter automatically detecting sloping surfaces and holding the scooter in position without the need for the rider to engage the brake, or hold the scooter in place using their feet. You see the ‘Reverse mode’ missing from most premium motorcycles, some of which weigh upwards of 300 kg (cruiser, bagger-style motorcycles).

The brand has come up with some of the amazing features like keyless and doesn’t have a key inlet or a key fob. Instead, it can be unlocked via a dedicated smartphone app, or by entering a code, much like you would to unlock your phone.

Apart from this, it gets a highly customized digital, touchscreen display which allows the rider to customize riding modes, digital interfaces and sounds that are artificially-emitted from front-fascia mounted speakers, tapping into pop-cultural themes associated with electric vehicles, including sci-fi whistles while including accelerative sounds infused with tanpura notes, and bird sounds denoting its environmentally-friendly, zero-emission nature.

The scooter also gets, as part of its proprietary operating system MoveOS, multiple rider profiles for individual users, which includes a Parental mode allowing authority figures in a family to set a speed limit and track the movements of the scooters should they wish to.

Each rider mode, once selected, pre-loads the sound, visual and riding mode as per individual preferences. In addition to this Ola electric scooter has also confirmed that the scooter comes with an SOS function that can notify medical services and authorities in the event of an accident.

Ola electric scooter safety:

Ola electric scooter has been introduced with lot of safety features which are rare in the two wheeler segment. Ola S1 has an anti-theft alert system, geo fencing, and a battery which is flame retardant and water & dust resistant. It also has front and rear disc brakes and ‘Hill Hold’ feature which makes riding in traffic and navigating inclines easy.

The 110/70 R12 tyres, rear mono-shock suspension and front single fork suspension leads to much superior road grip and riding experience. It has a cruise mode that makes riding comfortable and convenient and a reverse mode that makes it easy to park and exit tight spaces.

Conclusion:

The Ola has made a lot of promotion to highlight its electric scooters in India. The pre-launch bookings also show a tremendous response from people. The interesting point to see here is that will Ola be able to maintain this for a longer period. Let us know your thoughts! 

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