The niggles of the Ola Electric scooters continue. Reportedly, another Ola S1 Pro electric scooter has been affected by a reverse mode issue. A video of the incident was shared by a user on social media, in which the electric vehicle appears to have been stuck in reverse mode and running at a higher speed than intended. There have been various other complaints regarding the power delivery on slippery surfaces and sudden loss of power, which all seem to be software issues.
The Ola S1 Pro’s reverse mode aids in parking and getting out of sticky situations. In the video shared by the user, you can see a white Ola S1 Pro EV lying on the ground. EVs are torque monsters and can catapult the vehicle to insanely high speeds within seconds. Imagine a scooter doing that in the reverse mode. Its wheels appear to be running at higher speeds than required for a reverse mode. It is serious problem and could endanger the lives of the riders as well as other motorists.
Usually, electric scooters set the reverse mode speeds between 3 kmph and 5 kmph. However, due to some software glitch, the Ola S1 Pro looks to achieve its 115 kmph top speed, but in the wrong gear. Several Ola S1 Pro users have complained about this issue, but the company is yet to comment on the matter.
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It’s not the first time Ola has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Recently, a parked Ola electric scooter went up in flames in Pune, Maharashtra. It’s still unclear whether the inefficient thermal management that is unable to cope with the soaring temperatures in India is to blame.
Several Ola scooter users have reported a lesser driving range than advertised. Such issues could crop up as Ola is a new auto manufacturer. But, it needs to resolve these issues as soon as possible and work on providing better after-sales service support, if it wishes to regain the trust of the buyers.