Ola Electric scooters are currently one of the most popular in the country. We have come across several positive and negative stories related to the scooter. We have also seen people pushing these scooters to the limit to test their range. In most cases, Ola Electric’s CEO has come forward with a tweet or post appreciating the efforts put in by customers. He is also seen mocking ICE vehicles in his posts. Recently, many North Indian states have experienced heavy rains and floods. Many people who own electric scooters from Ola were seen riding these scooters through flooded roads. After these videos became viral, Bhavish Aggarwal came forward and reacted to these videos.
Folks, while our scooter can go through a lot of water, please remember that it’s a scooter, not a fish!! pic.twitter.com/8xM1QfGKxu
— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) July 14, 2023
Due to heavy rains and rising water levels in the Yamuna River, many roads in Delhi have gone underwater, disrupting traffic in the national capital. While many cars and bikes also got stuck on the flooded roads, there were many electric scooter users who were having fun riding through the water. Unlike ICE vehicles, electric scooters don’t have an engine and won’t get stalled in water. People took advantage of this and started riding in the water. After many videos of a similar nature surfaced on various social media profiles, Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO of Ola, decided to react to them.
Reacting to these videos, Bhavish wrote, “Folks, while our scooter can go through a lot of water, please remember that it’s a scooter, not a fish!!”. In the video attached to this post, we can see several Ola electric scooters being ridden on roads filled with water. In most video clips, the battery pack, motor, and wheels were completely underwater. In one of the clips, the water is seen covering the digital instrument cluster of the scooter. Even then, the scooter was performing pretty well. It is actually good to see Ola perform well in such challenging conditions.
However, as mentioned in the post, the scooters are designed for land and not water. Riding these scooters through water might have a negative impact on the motor and battery. The battery and motor are securely placed in a case to protect them from dust and water. However, too much exposure to such conditions might damage the battery. Battery and moisture are not a great combination, and there is even a chance that the battery pack might catch fire.
This is not the first time we have seen people perform a stunt like this on an Ola electric scooter. A few months ago, we came across a video where a YouTuber rode an Ola S1 Pro electric scooter into the sea and completely submerged it. He then brought it back and rode it on the beach without any issues. Saltwater is extremely corrosive in nature, and it would directly have a bad impact on the panel and the wiring inside the scooter. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, it is always recommended to take an alternate route to avoid any issues with the vehicle in the future.