This year’s Independence Day will be remembered as a defining moment in Indian automotive industry, at least in the two-wheeler segment. I say two-wheelers in general and not electric two-wheelers because the Ola S1 poses a threat to its ICE counterparts as well. Coming to the pricing, the Ola S1 wears an introductory price tag of Rs 99,999. There is another top variant, the Ola S1 Pro, which, as the name suggests, is a performance oriented variant. Pricing details of the S1 Pro is not known yet, as the company says it will vary according to the optional performance upgrade accessories.
The Futurefactory is touted to be the world’s largest two wheeler EV factory when it gets completed. Ola says that it will open official purchase of its scooter from September 8 and will deliver across 1000 cities and towns from October.
Ola says that in states with subsidies, the Ola S1 will cost much less than its ICE counterpart. The S1 will cost Rs 85,009 and in Gujarat, it will cost Rs 79,000. The hullabaloo around the scooter resulted in more than 1 lakh reservations last month when Ola opened bookings for its electric scooter for just Rs 499.
Let’s talk looks…
In a word, the Ola S1 looks stylish. The elegant and minimalistic approach works well and is easy on the eyes. This will definitely catch attention of many people irrespective of their age group and it works in its favour. Those twin LED headlamps with the half moon LED strip goes well with the overall stance of the EV. It is available in ten colour options, again a plus for the S1.
What about specs and performance of the Ola S1 and Ola S1 Pro?
As you can see in the below picture, the most significant difference is the range – 121km vs the 181km claimed range for the S1 and S1 pro respectively. The top speed is higher in the S1 Pro and the acceleration time is also less, as expected. That said, there is no difference in peak power in both variants though. The battery capacity (a fixed type) is 2.97kWh for the Ola S1 and 3.97kWh for the S1 Pro. Peak power is 8.5kW or 11.4bhp, which is easily the best in class.
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For perspective, the Ather 450X has a peak power output of 6kW, while the TVS iQube has just 4.4kW and the Bajaj Chetak has an even lower power output of 4.04kW. Another difference is the riding modes and the S1 Pro gets a Hyper mode, in addition to the Normal and Sports mode that the S1 gets.
The battery capacity of the S1 pro is also bigger but it also takes the longer charging time using the home port. While the S1 takes nearly 5 hrs for a 100 per cent charge, the S1 pro takes 6 and a half hours for 100 per cent charge. Both variants can be charged for 18 minutes for a 75km range, which is quite handy. The S1 also weighs 4kg more than the S1, at 125kg. It has an impressive ground clearance of 165mm and a seat height of 792mm, catering to riders of all builds.
Built around a tubular frame, the S1 and S1 Pro are suspended using single fork and a monoshock at the rear. Both variants get disc brakes on both ends along with CBS, which is a great move in terms of safety.
Features of the Ola S1 and Ola S1 Pro
The big talking point will be the 7-inch touchscreen, which the company claims is shatter proof, brightest and sharpest in terms of resolution. You also get to choose four different display types for your EV and all four of them are very cool, with the Vintage mode being my personal favorite. The sounds emitted by the motor also change when you choose the particular display type, to go with the theme.
For the exhaustive list of features, check out the two pictures below. You will also find that in addition to all the features of the S1, the S1 Pro gets some cool features like voice assist, hill hold assist and cruise control.
Are we looking at the new segment benchmark in the electric two-wheeler space?
In terms of pricing, Ola has hit it out of the park, undercutting its rivals while offering much more performance and features. The Ather 450 starts at Rs 1.25 lakh; the iQube is priced at Rs 1.10 lakh and the Chetak has a price tag of Rs 1 lakh. Note that these are just introductory prices and prices might go up in the near future. That said the initial pricing is good to attract early adopters and it remains to be seen if it can take the crown away from the Ather 450X as the segment benchmark. What are your thoughts about the Ola S1 and S1 pro? Comment below!