Ola Electric, the electric vehicle arm of ride-hailing giant Ola, has launched two new models of its electric scooters in India, the S1X and the S1 Pro Gen 2. The new scooters are aimed at expanding the company’s portfolio and offering more choices to the customers. The S1X is the entry-level model, while the S1 Pro Gen 2 is the upgraded version of the previous S1 Pro.
Ola S1X: Variants, price and features
Ola S1X is available in three variants: S1X with a 2kWh battery pack, S1X with a 3kWh battery pack, and the top-end S1X+, which gets additional connectivity features. The prices of the three variants are Rs 79,999, Rs 89,999 and Rs 99,999 respectively (ex-showroom). These prices are introductory and valid only till August 21, 2023. The deliveries of the S1X+ will begin in September, while the other two variants will start in December.
It comes with a hub-mounted motor that produces 6kW (8.15bhp) of power. The range and top speed of the scooter vary depending on the battery size. The S1X with a 2kWh battery pack has a range of 91km and a top speed of 85kmph, while the S1X with a 3kWh battery pack has a range of 151km and a top speed of 90kmph. The S1X+ has the same performance as the S1X with a 3kWh battery pack, but also gets a larger 5-inch LCD display, compared to the 3.5-inch display on the other two variants.
The Ola S1X also comes with telescopic front forks, dual rear shocks, drum brakes, and an LCD dash. The scooter has a flat floorboard and black plastic cladding on the sides to reduce weight and cost.
Ola S1 Pro Gen 2: Price and features
Ola S1 Pro Gen 2 is priced at Rs 1.48 lakh (ex-showroom) and is available in a single variant. The scooter is based on a revised platform that is lighter than before and also accommodates a flat floorboard. The scooter uses the same 4kWh battery pack as the previous S1 Pro, but it has been tweaked to make it lighter. The scooter has a range of 180km and can be fully charged in 6.5 hours.
Ola S1 Pro Gen 2 also gets a hub-mounted motor that produces 8.5kW (11.5bhp) of power. The scooter can accelerate from 0 to 40kmph in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115kmph. The scooter also comes with disc brakes at both ends, a TFT display, speakers, and all the bells and whistles from the previous generation S1 Pro.
The deliveries of the Ola S1 Pro Gen 2 will begin by mid-September and bookings are currently open.
Ola Electric’s vision and strategy
Ola Electric is one of the leading players in India’s electric two-wheeler segment. The company has set up a mega-factory in Tamil Nadu that can produce up to 10 million scooters per year. The company also plans to set up charging stations across India under its Ola Hypercharger Network.
Ola Electric’s founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said that the company has a clear vision to support India’s leadership in electrification. He said that by developing core technologies in-house and through adopting economies of scale, localized supply chains and manufacturing engineering, the company will ensure complete price parity between ICE and EV vehicles. He also said that the Gen 2 platform is a testament to this commitment.