Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO of Ola Electric has tweeted that they will be starting deliveries from December 15th. Ola Electric has also ramped up the production. This was also stated in the tweet and Bhavish also shared some pictures of the Ola Scooters waiting for the delivery.
Scooters are getting ready 🙂 Production ramped up and all geared to begin deliveries from 15th Dec. Thank you for your patience! pic.twitter.com/d2ydB3TXTm
— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) December 4, 2021
The deliveries of the scooters were originally slated to start from October-November. However, because of the chip shortage that the world is facing, the deliveries were delayed. Back then, they announced the delivery window of 15 to 31st December. However, now it has been confirmed by Bhavish himself that the deliveries will be starting from 15th of this month. Till now no customer has been able to take the delivery of the Ola Electric scooter.
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Ola has also finally started test rides for the people who reserved the scooters by paying Rs 499. They are aiming to start test rides in 1000 cities by December 15th. Customers will be contacted by Ola themselves when the test rides in their cities are available. For booking the scooter, they would have to pay Rs. 20,000 and they can take delivery by paying the rest of the amount.
Ola also pushed back the booking window. Previously, the booking window would have opened on 1st November, then it was pushed to 16th December. However, now the purchase window will be opened in January 2022. The exact date has not been confirmed by the manufacturer.
Why scooter was delayed?
The delay was because of the shortage of semiconductors. Ola is not the only manufacturer that is facing this issue. Every automobile manufacturer is facing this issue because of which the waiting periods are increasing. To tackle this, automobile manufacturers are making changes to their variant line-ups and finding other ways also.
Ola’s electric scooter also relies on a lot of semiconductors because it comes with many technological features. There is a touchscreen, cruise control, connected technology and much more.
Moreover, Ola is also facing issues because of a shortage of lithium-ion batteries. Every electric vehicle manufacturer is facing this issue. The demand for lithium-ion batteries has increased and the suppliers are not able to increase the supply of the batteries because lithium is not available in abundance. Ola is currently importing their batteries from Korea.
Ola Electric Scooters
Ola currently has two electric scooters in its portfolio. There is S1 and S1 Pro. Both of them are based on the Etergo BV’s electric scooter. The S1 Pro comes with more equipment, has more riding range and is more powerful. The S1 is priced at Rs. 99,999 and the S1 Pro is priced at Rs. 1,29,999.
Ola not following the traditional sales model
Ola is not following the traditional sales model that every automobile manufacturer follows. There will be no dealerships instead, the customer will book the scooter online and then the scooter will be delivered to his/her home. There will be experience centres where the customers would be able to take test rides. There will be no service centres, the customer will take an appointment for the service and a technician will come to the customer’s home and service the scooter.