Ola Electric scooter manufacturing company based in Bengaluru, India, has revealed plans to manufacture electric scooters in India. A news release from the company states, “Ola will start selling electric scooters in India in mid-2021. Ola is currently focusing on the emerging markets in South and Central Asia. The company also plans to expand its existing manufacturing units in China and Japan.”
Earlier this month, it was reported that a scheme by the Union government for the development of charging infrastructure for electric scooters had collapsed. This was due to financial problems faced by the country’s transport sector. It was reported that the scheme was meant to develop two-wheeler charging infrastructure in major cities across the country, but that too would not come into fruition anytime soon.
Ola Electric scooter manufacturing company managing director Ravi Verma had expressed his disappointment over the collapse of this scheme. “This was one of the biggest investments that we have made in the last two years. We are disappointed that the scheme has come to a standstill. We have made a lot of progress and have new advanced technologies ready for manufacturing two-wheelers in India,” he told the media.
Earlier this month, I had covered how Ola Electric had acquired an important contract from the Chinese State Development Bank for manufacturing electric scooters in China and exporting them to various parts of India and China. This contract, worth billions of dollars, was supposed to solve the charging problem faced by people who do not own electric scooters or do not have charging infrastructure in their local areas. The reason for this huge purchase was to plug the gap in the market created by the closed electric scooter manufacturing companies. The whole paradigm changed after the acquisition of this contract.
Earlier, people in rural areas where electric scooters did not exist, and where no one owned one at all, used to travel long distances to the nearest electric charger point. There were also other problems related to lack of infrastructure. However, the introduction of Ola and its battery powered scooters changed all that. Ola’s popularity rose with the coming of s1 pro electric scooter model, which was manufactured by the Indian subsidiary of Ola.
The electric scooter models Ola produces in India have got rave reviews from customers, who rate the product highly. The best selling s1 pro models have a top speed of 181 kilometers per hour and a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour. The battery is backed by an intelligent system, which adjusts itself automatically depending upon the speed and environmental conditions. The rider has to only touch the start button and ride the electric motor.
This amazing electric scooter claims to provide up to three hours of charge on a single charge and can go up to a maximum of a six hours. The s1 pro battery runs for almost five hours between charges. This proves that this battery can last you for more than a month, if not more than a month. In spite of this amazing feature, this scooter costs less than a dollar and is available at a discounted price of around fifty percent over the market price.
All the major automobile manufacturers in the country are now making electric scooters available in the Indian markets. However, they do not have the brand name of Ola in their name, so, they have to resort to various importers of reputed brands in India, who have connections with reputed car manufacturers in China. This makes it possible to get high quality scooters at low prices, which are still very much competitive in the Indian markets.
According to LiveMint:
Ola S1 electric scooter service and repair: Everything you need
Predictive AI maintenance will be used by the scooter. Users will receive alerts via their phone prompting them to service or repair their scooter.
Ola Electric has provided a list of steps riders will need to follow to have their vehicle serviced.
Ola Electric launched the Ola S1 scooter last week and the company has garnered a lot of attention due to some segment-first features as well as pricing of the new scooter. The delivery process will also be completely unique according to the company. Ola will deliver the scooters directly to the buyers’ homes.
Delivery can be done in a new way. But what about service and repairs? Ola also has plans to do that. The steps required to service the scooter have been shared by the company.
You can book the service by logging in to the official scooter application. The service will be performed by an “Ola Champion”, who will also provide an estimate of the time of arrival. The technician will perform the servicing at home.
Predictive AI maintenance will be used by the scooter. Users will receive alerts via their phone prompting them to schedule a service or repair.
Ola claims that its scooters will be sold through an omnichannel model that includes both online and offline experiences centres. Ola Electric plans to open one experience center in each city within the next three months.
The Ola S1 was priced at Rs99999, while the Ola S1 Pro has a price tag of Rs1,299,000. The pricing for certain states, namely Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat, is slightly different. In Gujarat, the Ola S1’s starting price is Rs79,999 The Ola S1 Pro was priced at 1,09,000. Price differences can be attributed several subsidies.
The Ola S1 will come in five different colour options, while the Ola S1 Pro is available in all 10 options.
The scooter is still available for booking. Buyers interested in the scooter can reserve it for a small amount of Rs499. Ola expects to begin delivery of the new electric scooter next month. Ola has already received orders from more than 1000 Indian cities. She plans to start the delivery process simultaneously for all regions.
The Ola S1 has a range of 121km in ideal driving conditions, and a top speed at 90 kmph. In ideal driving conditions, the Ola S1 Pro claims a driving range of 181km. The Pro version has a top speed of 115 kmph.
The company will offer a home charger that plugs into a 5amp socket. The Ola Hypercharger network will expand to 400 cities and include over 1,000,000 charging points. In just 18 minutes, the Hypercharger can deliver 75 km of driving range.
These are the prices for Ola S1 scooters and Ola S1 Pro-scooters in states that offer additional subsidies to EVs.
Ola S1: Rs85,000. (All prices ex-showroom).
Ola S1 Pro: Rs1,10 149
Ola S1: Rs79.999
Ola S1 Pro: Rs 1,09,999
Ola S1: Rs 94,999
Ola S1 Pro: 1,24,000.
Ola S1: Rs89.968
Ola S1 Pro: Rs1,19.138
If other states offer substantial subsidies for electric vehicle manufacturers, prices can drop in those states as well.
The Ola S1 has a top speed 90kmph and a 0-40kmph time of 3.6 seconds. Scooter has a range of 121 km and a peak power output of 8.5 kW. Both versions have a 3.92 kWh battery.
The Ola S1 Pro has a top speed at 115kmph and a 0-40kmph acceleration time of just 3 seconds. The scooter has a range of 181km and a peak power output of 8.5kW.
Bookings are open at the moment and the company claims that they will begin delivering scooters in October.