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Ola S1 & S1 Pro launched: An electric scooter that could be less expensive than the Activa!

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Ola’s much-anticipated Ola S1 & S1 Pro electric scooter has finally arrived at an unbeatably low price. The price will be even lower once you factor in the additional benefits from various state subsidies. The base Ola Electric scooter could end up costing less than the Honda Activa 125 on the road, thanks to the government’s recent announcement that EVs will not be charged road tax. According to the company, deliveries will begin in October 2021.

Ola S1 and S1 Pro: Specs & Range

The S1 and S1 Pro have impressive claimed ranges of 121km and 181km, respectively; these are likely ARAI numbers. Ola Electric hasn’t achieved this by slashing costs when it comes to specifications. The S1 and S1 Pro both get fixed batteries, with the S1 getting 2.98kWh and the S1 Pro getting 3.97kWh. The Ather 450X, on the other hand, has a battery capacity of 2.9kWh. Meanwhile, the kerb weights are 121kg and 125kg, respectively.

The Ola Electric scooter is powered by an 8.5kW peak power output ‘Hyperdrive motor,’ according to the company. This is significantly more than the Ather 450X’s peak power of 6kW. The S1 has a top speed of 90 kph, while the S1 Pro has a top speed of 115 kph. Ola also claims a 3sec 0-40kph acceleration time (S1 Pro) and a 5sec 0-60kph acceleration time (S1 Pro), which is comfortably faster than any scooter currently on the market in India. The torque figures on both scooters are impressive at 58Nm.

The Ola S1 comes with two riding modes: Normal and Sports, while the S1 Pro adds a third mode called Hyper, which is likely to be the one in which it reaches its top speed of 115kph. At both ends, the Ola Electric scooter is equipped with single-sided suspension and disc brakes, as well as 110/70-R12 MRF tires.

Ola S1 and S1 Pro: Features & Tech

A large TFT display on the Ola Electric scooter displays a variety of information, including navigation. You can also switch between rider profiles on this screen, allowing for more personalization. Another useful feature is the readout, which shows how much CO2 you’ve saved.

This scooter, like other scooters in the segment, has a reverse mode. It also has proximity unlock feature that starts the scooter as soon as you approach it. The scooter can be used silently or can emit a custom sound, which will most likely be done through onboard speakers, similar to the Revolt EV.

Hill hold, cruise control, and voice assistant functions are all available on the S1 Pro, but not on the S1. While both the S1 and S1 Pro have all-LED lighting, the former has only five body colors to choose from, whereas the Pro has ten.

Ola S1 and S1 Pro: Charging

The S1 and S1 Pro both come with a portable home charger that claims to be able to fully charge the scooters in 4.48 and 6.30 hours, respectively. Ola plans to build an Ola Hypercharger network, which the company claims will be “the world’s largest, densest, fastest 2W charging network with 1 lakh locations across 400 cities.” The company claims that this charger will add a claimed 75-kilometer range in 18 minutes.


Price comparison

The S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters from Ola Electric are priced at Rs 99,999 and Rs 1,29,999, respectively. These are ex-showroom prices, which include the FAME II subsidy but not the state subsidy.

The Ola electric scooter undercuts rivals like the TVS iQube (Rs 1.01 lakh), Bajaj Chetak (Rs 1.42 lakh), and the Ather 450 in Delhi, with a starting price of Rs 1 lakh (starts at Rs 1.13 lakh).

Ex-showroom Delhi prices for the Honda Activa 6G, India’s best-selling scooter, range from Rs 69,080-72,325, while the more powerful Activa 125 costs between Rs 72,637 and 79,760, depending on the variant.

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