Ola S1 deliveries have finally commenced in two cities, however, only 100 units were delivered against the lakh+ interests the company claimed…
Ola, one of India’s largest mobility platform, launched their own line-up of electric scooters under the Ola Electric division. The S1 and S1 Pro were officially announced for public on the 15th of August this year.
Deliveries were to commence shortly after, however, after multiple delays and issues, Ola Electric finally handed over the very first batch of their electric scooters to the first hundred customers in Bengaluru and Chennai.
CEO of Ola, Bhavesh Aggarwal shared the information of commencement of deliveries on Twitter along with a video, which showcased the final preparation of the electric scooters, loading of the scooters on to the trucks and the celebration of handing-off the scooters to the first customers who rode away on their long-awaited products.
Ola Electric is utilizing a unique and very ambitious Direct-to-Customer sales model that involves no dealerships or any third-party intermediaries. This means the electric scooter reaches directly from the factory to the customers’ doorstep. With very ambitious promises, it will be interesting to see how Ola services its products once thousands are on the streets, at different corners of the country.
All these electric scooters are being manufactured at the Ola Future-factory located in Tamil Nadu. This factory boasts to be managed by an all-women workforce which spreads across 500 acres of land, and will be employing 10,000 women once production goes full tilt. With this factory they are aiming to become the largest two-wheeler manufacturing hub in the world.
The S1 and S1 Pro feature full-LED lights, a 7” touchscreen instrument cluster, among various other features. They are offered with 2 battery sizes based on the variant chosen.
The S1 has a 2.98 kWh battery, 8.5 kW motor (11.4 BHP) making 58 Nm of torque, 121 km range, a 90 km/hr top speed. It weighs 121 kg and has a home charging time of 4 hours and 48 minutes.
Whereas the S1 Pro uses the same motor as the base model but it comes with a 3.97 kWh battery that has a big range of 181 km. The S1 Pro is claimed to have a top speed of 115 km/hr, weighs 4 kg more and can be fully charged at home in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
The Ola Electric S1 is priced at Rs 1.0 Lakh (ex-showroom) while the S1 Pro costs Rs 1.30 Lakh (ex-showroom).