Ola Electric continues to drive India’s electric mobility revolution, whether it’s on two wheels or four. With the recent introduction of the Ola S1 Air electric scooter, affordable two-wheeled electric transportation takes a significant leap forward.
Focusing primarily on two-wheelers, Ola’s flagship electric scooter, the Ola S1 Pro, was unveiled just over a year ago, impressing the industry with its remarkable specifications.
Propelled by an 8.5 kW electric motor integrated into its frame, the S1 Pro achieved a top speed of 115 km/h (71 mph).
Equipped with a non-removable battery pack beneath the rider’s feet, boasting a capacity of 4 kWh and a range of 181 km (112 miles), the S1 Pro delivered exceptional performance.
At a price of INR 139,999 (approximately US $1,690), the Ola S1 Pro entered the market at an attractive point. Now, Ola introduces a more accessible version of the scooter, offering slightly toned-down specs at an even more appealing price point.
Introducing the Ola S1 Air
Unveiled in time for the Diwali holiday, the new Ola S1 Air debuts at a special promotional price of INR 79,999 (approximately US $960) for early depositors.
Featuring a 4.5 kW motor and reaching a top speed of 85 km/h (53 mph), the Ola S1 Air is designed for urban commuting, making occasional faster road trips a possibility.
The scooter offers a maximum range of 100 km (62 miles) in Eco mode, with real-world range slightly shorter in practice.
While visually resembling the higher-tier S1 and S1 Pro models, the S1 Air incorporates a more economical battery and motor, effectively lowering manufacturing costs and the overall price.
With a sub-$1,000 price point, this budget-friendly electric scooter positions Ola to tap into a broader market segment, enticing those seeking an affordable entry into electric mobility.
Ola aims to extend its reach to international markets, including the US, through a diversified range of electric scooters, enabling targeted approaches to specific international audiences.
Simultaneously, the release of the S1 Air coincides with the rollout of MoveOS 3, a significant over-the-air (OTA) software update for Ola’s electric scooter operating system.
MoveOS 3 introduces new functionalities such as proximity-based unlocking and enhanced integration with Ola’s Hypercharger network.
Ola’s Hypercharger network provides rapid charging capabilities, delivering 15 kilometers (9 miles) of range within five minutes—a swift solution to getting back on the road, especially for short-distance trips. Overnight charging remains the primary method for battery replenishment, while the Hypercharger stations cater to those seeking quick top-ups without access to home charging.
A Glimpse into the Future
Additionally, Ola offers a sneak peek of its upcoming electric car, projected for a 2024 release.
As Ola’s inaugural four-wheeled electric vehicle, the electric crossover’s technical specifications remain largely undisclosed. However, the company’s substantial production capacity, evident in the all-female-staffed FutureFactory, suggests the potential to transform this vision into reality.
Ola Electric’s strides within the electric mobility landscape continue to shape India’s transportation future, combining affordability, innovation, and environmental consciousness.