OLA S1 & S1 PRO
Futuristic Electric 2-wheeler from India that is soon about to change the world.
With the introduction of Electric Mobility Vehicles around the world, there has been an increase in new launches of 2 and 4 wheelers that aim to benefit the lives of buyers. High pollution levels and fuel prices have made the Indian government to impose pressure on the automobile companies to fast track their plans of bringing the environment friendly mobility solutions. Grabbing this opportunity is an Indian company based in Bangalore, OLA which is originally known for cab services and now has introduced electric 2-wheelers. With the capacity to manufacture over 10 million units which is 15% of global 2-wheeler capacity in a year this new manufacturing is the world’s largest 2-wheeler plant. OLA introduced two 2-wheelers, the S1 and S1 Pro available for ₹99,999/- and ₹129,999/- respectively, ex-showroom Bangalore. With a booking amount of ₹500/- OLA started accepting advanced bookings from July 2021 and after a week’s delay customers are open to making their purchases from September 15, 2021 and deliveries to start by October 2021. Rivaling against the Ather 450x and Chetak electric scooter let us see what OLA has to offer.
Simple yet Elegant design
Engineering and Performance
Performance of the variants justify the price gap between the two, the S1 and S1 Pro comes with 2.98KW and 3.97KW battery pack respectfully giving a driving range of 121km and 181km when fully recharged, it takes 4 hours and 48minutes for the S1 and 6 hours 30minutes for the S1 Pro to fully recharge. A standard power of 8500W and 58nm of torque gives a top speed of 115km/h and 0-40km/h in 3 secs for the S1 Pro and 90km/h top speed and 3.6 secs for the S1. There are two charging options available for the S1, one is the 750W portable charger which comes as standard with every purchase and the other is OLA’s Hyper charging stations to be installed across India which would be able to charge 50% in 18mins. Both front and rear disc brakes with Single Fork front and Mono Shock rear suspension. 3 drives modes – Normal, Sport, and Hyper where Hyper is available only with the S1 Pro.
Matte Black S1 charging
The design for both the variants is basically the same with only one change that the S1 Pro would be available in 10 colors whereas the S1 would be available only in 5. With the dimensions - 1859mm length, 712mm width, 1160mm height, and a ground clearance of 165mm, the S1 can surely prove good in the Indian roads and terrains. 12-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights and a customizable screen make the OLA S1 sporty and futuristic. To add practicality to the electric 2-wheeler, there is 36L of boot space which is decent enough to carry daily supplies.
Unlike any other available 2-wheeled mobility vehicle, the OLA has a loaded list of features that are beyond imagination. The 7-inch screen in the front is customizable using various widgets, 1.8ghz octa-core processor, and 3GB ram helps run Navigation and Bluetooth smoothly. Cruise Control and Reverse function comes in handy and adds to the comfort of the driver. Voice Control feature which takes the help of multi-microphone and AI speech recognition algorithms to take and process commands, one just need to say “Hey OLA”.
OLA has taken the safety of the vehicle and its rider as a priority and offered good solutions. Low center of gravity and hill hold assist that helps in handling and controlling the vehicle. The 7-inch screen has a function of predictive maintenance which notifies the owner on the screen or on the phone through an app about any repair/replacement or service to be made. As there is no service center for OLA, for every scheduled service a technician from OLA would perform the service at the owner’s home. The S1 comes with a digital lock that locks and unlocks the vehicle automatically from the phone, if the owner is nearby it will unlock and lock when the owner is out of range.
S1 handling and control
The OLA S1 offers performance numbers and practicality to its owners, yes it is on the pricier side but with rising fuel prices and the government offering subsidies to purchase an electric mobility vehicle, in the long run, the S1 would be a good buy. Electric mobility is something that people need to get used to, instead of filling up the gas tank and driving to both short and long journeys people now have to adapt to charging the vehicles at home and use the charging stations available only for emergencies or long journeys. 2-wheelers in this scenario would be best to make the people easily adapt to this new change, used mostly for local driving and the quick job is done people would be more inclined to an EV 2-wheeler than a car, this is even proved by the booking numbers OLA registered, they recorded 100,000 bookings of the S1 within just 24 hours. Open for purchasing started on September 15, 2021 with deliveries to be made in October, OLA also plans to export the S1 to the US early next year. As a product of innovation that works towards saving the environment in a futuristic yet economical way I would say the OLA has done a very good job.