Firm founder Bhavish Aggarwal revealed that the bottom Ola S1 electrical scooter could also be launched at a lower cost than initially promised.
Earlier this 12 months, we reported that Ola Electrical had determined to focus its energies on the top-spec S1 Professional scooter, and that manufacturing for the bottom S1 mannequin would solely start in late 2022.
Now, firm founder Bhavish Aggarwal has revealed that the corporate would launch the bottom S1 later this 12 months and that it’d even come at a lower cost than initially promised.
When the Ola scooter costs had been initially revealed in August 2021, the corporate said that the S1 Professional would value Rs 1.29 lakh (ex-showroom, together with FAME II subsidy), whereas the S1 can be priced at Rs 99,999.
On the time of launch, the variations between the 2 had been important, with the S1 getting a smaller battery dimension, comparatively decrease efficiency and fewer options. Whereas the S1 Professional claimed a spread of 181km (which the corporate later revised to 135km ‘true vary’), the S1 claimed a spread of 121km, which suggests its true vary ought to be much like the Ather 450X. The S1 makes use of a 2.98kWh unit, whereas the S1 Professional will get a 3.97kWh battery. As compared, the Ather 450X has a battery capability of two.9kWh.
Efficiency on the S1 can be decrease and, as soon as once more, nearer to the Ather 450X. The S1 has a claimed high velocity of 90kph, whereas Ola claimed a high velocity of 115kph for the S1 Professional. Each scooters declare a formidable torque determine of 58Nm.
The Ola S1 will get two driving modes – Regular and Sports activities – whereas the S1 Professional will get the extra Hyper. Ola may also be introducing an Eco mode in its upcoming Transfer OS 2.1 software program replace. Whereas the S1 makes use of the identical giant TFT show, it misses out on a number of the Professional’s features like hill maintain, cruise management and voice assistant – all of that are but to reach through OTA updates, as of scripting this.
Our current comparability assessment between with the Ola S1 Professional and the Ather 450X highlighted that the Ola scooter nonetheless has thermal throttling points, which we first spoke about on the launch journey in November. We discovered that it considerably restricts efficiency after being ridden in its high Hyper mode for quite a lot of minutes, and it does so until the temperatures have come down. With this in thoughts, will probably be fascinating to see if the decrease powered S1 is ready to carry out extra constantly.