Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO of Ola Electric, announced the Ola S1 electric scooter on the 75th Independence Day of India. The Ola S1 EV will join the Ola S1 Pro variant in its portfolio and will come at a lower price. The Ola S1 electric scooter carries an identical design as the Pro variant but gets a smaller capacity battery pack and is slightly slower.
Ola S1 Electric Scooter: Price, Availability
The Ola S1 electric scooter has been launched at an introductory price of ₹99,999 ex-showroom inclusive of the Fame-II subsidies in India. You can pre-reserve it for ₹499 between August 15 and August 31, 2022. Those who have pre-booked it will get an early access window on September 1, 2022. For others, the purchase window will open on September 2, 2022. Deliveries of the Ola S1 are expected to start on September 7, 2022. The scooter comes in Jet Black, Porcelain White, Liquid Silver, Neo Mint, and Coral Glam colourways.
Ola S1 Electric Scooter: Features, Specifications
The Ola S1 electric scooter packs in a smaller 3kWh battery as opposed to the 3.97 kWh lithium-ion battery of the Ola S1 Pro model. According to Aggarwal, Ola Electric’s indigenously produced NMC 2170 battery cell will go into production by the end of 2023. Hence, it is still utilising the non-removable battery pack comprising NMC cells (Lithium-Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt-oxide) sourced from LG Chem of South Korea. The company claims the battery can be recharged fully in five hours.
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The Ola S1 EV comes with an ARAI-certified 141km driving range, which is lower than the 181km claimed range of the Ola S1 Pro. It offers a “True Range” of about 128km in Eco mode, 101km in Normal mode, and 90km range in Sports mode. The scooter’s nominal power output and peak output are rated at 5.5kW and 8.5kW respectively, which are similar to the Ola S1 Pro. However, the top speed is capped at 95km/hr versus the 116km/hr for the S1 Pro.
Furthermore, the vanilla variant is slower to 40kmph with a timing of 3.8 seconds against 2.9 seconds of the Ola S1 Pro. It’s clear that Ola has opted for a more conservative approach with the tuning of the Ola S1 to deliver maximum battery efficiency.
Aggarwal assures that the Ola S1 is underpinned by the same chassis and its seat dimensions, ground clearance, seat height, etc. match that of the Ola S1 Pro. It will also get Bluetooth connectivity, music, and navigation features like its bigger sibling. The only feature that it misses is the Cruise Control. The electric scooter is confirmed to receive the upcoming Move OS3, which will be rolled out via an OTA update this Diwali.