Ola electric scooter launched starting from Rs79,999, S1, S1 Pro with Ather Like features

Ola electric scooter: The Ola S1 and Ola S1 Pro come with features like an all-digital touchscreen console, a Reverse Mode, and more. 

Ola has come out guns blazing with their first E-scooter, S1. The scooter is big on performance and features while commanding a desirable price.

On India’s 75th Independence Day, Ola Electric has launched its first electric scooters, the S1 and S1 Pro. The S1 has an ex-showroom price of Rs 99,999 while the S1 Pro costs Rs 1,29,999. Both scooters will be available for purchase from September 8 and deliveries will begin in the month of October. 

Customers will also be able to purchase the scooters on EMI of Rs 2,999 per month. The effective price of the S1 drops to as low as Rs 79,999 in the state of Gujrat, thanks to the huge subsidies offered on electric vehicles.

Ride-hailing major and electric vehicle manufacturer Ola on Sunday unveiled its much-awaited S1 and S1 Pro electric scooter models, which while undercutting the price of offerings from rivals Ather Energy, Bajaj Auto, and TVS Motors, still promises greater range and higher performance.

Starting at a price of Rs 99,999, which includes FAME II subsidies but omits state-level subsidies, and going up to Rs 1,29,999 for the Pro model, Ola said it will start allowing buyers to purchase its vehicles from September 8 with the first deliveries beginning sometime in October across 1,000 cities and towns in India.

Ola, which will manufacture the vehicles at its plant in Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu, said it will have a production capacity of 1 million vehicles soon and is confident of being able to fulfill pre-orders for its electric scooter models over the next few months. 

Ola has said it received over one lakh pre-bookings for its scooter in the first 24 hours of opening bookings to the public.

The instrument cluster on the S1 is a 7.0-inch touchscreen unit that is powered by Ola’s Move OS. This OS is run using an octa-core CPU coupled with 3GB of RAM. Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. 

The way information is display on the screen can be customized to a great extent due to a feature called Moods. Think of it as display themes for your mobile. You can also tweak how your scooter sounds or keep it silent because it comes with built-in speakers. Users can also give voice commands to the S1 and tweak the display with a host of widgets.

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Earlier, the company had claimed that bookings have poured in from over 1000 Indian cities and the company plans to start delivering to all locations simultaneously. The Ola Scooter S1 can also be home delivered to buyers. 

Ola Electric Scooter range and price will be announced shortly but the company has revealed that the Scooter can be charged up to 50% in 18 minutes and a 50% charge can deliver a 75 km driving range. 

The top of the range Ola S1 Pro will have a 3.97 kilowatt-hour (KwH) battery pack that is rated for a range of 181 kilometers and will have a top speed of 115 kilometers per hour.

The two variants have slight differences in their range and performance figures. The S1 boasts of a top speed of 90kmph and a range of 121km. It has a power output of 8.5kW and can go from 0 to 40kmph in 3.6 seconds. 

The S1 Pro bumps up the top speed and range to 115kmph and 181km respectively. The acceleration time is quicker as well because this variant can achieve 0-40kmph in 3 seconds and 0-60kmph in 5 seconds. These acceleration and top speed figures are clearly better than that of  Ather 450X, a direct rival of the Ola S1. 

The S1 Pro also comes with three riding modes – Normal, Sport, and Hyper, however, the S1 only gets Normal and Sport modes. The S1 Pro has a segment-leading 3.9kWh battery pack while the regular S1 gets a smaller 2.9kWh battery pack.

We can expect the company to provide a driving range of 150 km on at least one of the variants. The Ola Scooter is expected to be launched in three variants with different features. 

Charging is a big point of contention when it comes to EVs and Ola Electric plans to deal with it as efficiently as it can. There will be an extensive charging network which the company says will be the largest fast-charging network in the country.  

The scooter supports fast charging through which you can get a 50 percent charge in just 18 mins. This is enough to give the scooter a range of 75km. Even if you use the 750W portable charger, the S1 can be completely charged in 4 hours and 48 minutes while the S1 Pro will charge in 6.5 hours.

The cheaper S1 gets a smaller 2.98 kWh battery pack, which is still larger than that offered in the Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak or TVS iQube scooters, which will give the S1 a range of 121 kilometers, while its top speed will be restricted to a 90 km/h.

Our Ola Scooter S1 has the best performance: Aggarwal

“The S1 and S1 Pro are industry-leading products with best in class range, speed, and cost,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, founder, and CEO at Ola. “We have seen demand for this vehicle from everywhere, and obviously from the bigger cities as well, as scooters are an urban mobility product.”

The top speed has been set at 115kmph 

It comes with three driving modes Normal, Sport, and Hyper

The scooter can reach a speed of 40 mph in 3 seconds 

The scooter can provide a driving range of 181 km

The scooter also gets a hill-hold like feature as well as cruise control 

The Scooter S1 gets a 7-inch display which is powered by an Octa-core chipset with 3GB RAM

The scooter automatically locks and unlocks using the application

The display also provides different odometer styles and sounds to match the theme. The feature is called ‘moods’.

The Ola S1 comes with a native navigation application

The scooter also comes with built-in speakers which can even be used to receive calls

Ola S1 will get the capacity to store two helmets in the boot

Ola S1 has been priced at ₹99,999 (ex-showroom price)

Ola S1 Pro has been priced at ₹1,29,999 (ex-showroom price)

The prices will be lower for states that provide FAME subsidies.

In Delhi, the prices will start at ₹85,099 (all prices ex-showroom)

In Gujarat, the prices will start at ₹79,999

In Maharashtra, the prices will start at ₹94,999

In Rajasthan, the prices will start at ₹89,968

He added that the “market is ready, the consumer is ready, it’s just that the companies are not ready” when it comes to offering EVs and Ola was looking to accelerate that through its launch of globally competitive products in the sector. He also said that Ola would make profits sooner than everyone expects it to from its EV manufacturing business.

Aggarwal, who has also taken on giants such as Tesla and Hyundai on their ask from the Indian government to reduce import duties on EVs, saying that this would hurt the development of India’s own EV manufacturing plans, also said that India should plan to switch to 100% EV two-wheelers by 2025 with the country having the ability to capture 50% of the global two-wheeler demand by that time.

Ola Electric has claimed that the scooter will come with the biggest boot space in its segment. Acceleration and speed stats have also been hinted at earlier. The company might provide a top speed of 100kmph and has also claimed a “breathtaking acceleration” with the new scooter.