Ola Electric will finally open its second purchase window for their S1 electric scooter on 17th March. So, people who have already reserved their scooters by paying Rs. 500 will be able to purchase it on 17th while others would be able to place their orders on 18th March. The customers would be able to pay the booking amount digitally through Ola’s application.
The manufacturer has also revealed a new colour option called ‘Gerua’. It is a limited edition colour that has been launched on the occasion of Holi. There are 10 other colour options on offer too which include matte options and gloss options.
The dispatch of the new batch of scooters will start in April 2022. The scooters will be delivered to the customer’s doorstep. This is a new model that Ola is following. Even if the customer wants to get their scooter service, then he would request it on the application and a technician would take the scooter for servicing. In case the scooter needs to be repaired after the accident then also the technician would take the scooter to the nearest body shop, get it repaired and then give it back to the customer.
Ola Electric Scooter Specs
Ola S1 Pro comes with an 8.5 kW electric motor that is capable of producing 58 Nm of peak torque. It can hit 60 kmph in 5 seconds which is quite impressive. All of this is possible because, unlike internal combustion engines, the electric motor produces its torque instantly. The top speed of the scooter is 115 kmph as per Ola. The battery size is 3.97 kWh which should return a driving range of 185 km. However, Ola says that in real-world conditions you should expect a riding range of 135 km.
Ola’s scooter now comes only with one variant. It is the S1 Pro, Ola has decided to not offer the S1 version to the customer. What they will do is lock the additional range through software. So, if the customer wants to get a higher top speed, hill hold assist, cruise control, higher charging rate, Hyper riding mode and longer range then he would have to pay Rs. 30,000 more.
Ola Electric Scooter issues
Recently, some of the S1 scooters are facing an issue where the instrument cluster is not updating even if the drive mode is changed. So, the display shows Drive but the scooter is in reverse mode. Because of this, the scooter is able to exceed its limited top speed. In reverse mode, Ola has restricted the scooter to 4 kmph. However, because the system is not functioning properly, the scooters are hitting more than 100 kmph in the speedometer. If you want to read more about this issue then you can click here.
Then there are other issues such as inconsistent riding range. While Ola claims a real-world riding range of 135 km, their scooter is not even able to cross 100 km on a single charge. The information display that shows the driving range left is not correct because of which the customers cannot trust it. There are also quality issues. Some scooters have panel gaps and some scooters were even delivered with some major scratches.