The Indian manufacturer Ola Electric has presented its new electric scooter, which will be available in two variants (S1 and S1 Pro). Unlike their predecessors, the two new models are not only made for the Indian market but will also be exported to other countries.
Both models have an output of 8.5 kW but can travel at different speeds. The S1 has a top speed of 90 km/h, the S1 Pro can reach up to 110 km/h. The range of the S1 is 121 kilometres. The range of the S1 is 121 kilometres, the S1 Pro is stated at 181 kilometres.
The difference between the two models lies in the battery: the S1 has 3 kWh, the S1 Pro 4 kWh. The special feature of both models is the shape of the battery. It is not mounted as a block under the seat but curved in a banana shape under the driver’s footrest. This makes the storage compartment under the seat larger – with 36 litres, there is room for two helmets.
The disadvantage of the installation position is that the battery is permanently installed and cannot be removed for charging at the domestic socket. At a fast charger from Ola (the company is building its own charging network), the battery should have enough power for 75 kilometres in 18 minutes. For overnight charging, both models come with a 750-watt charger. The battery is then fully charged in 4.5 (S1) or 6.5 hours (S1 Pro).
The simple but modern styled electric scooter is offered in ten colours – at least the S1 Pro, the S1 comes in five colours. Both models have a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation (their own GPS is built in). Ola’s own operating system is also said to have a voice assistant that can be used to control music, for example – the S1 and S1 Pro also have permanently installed speakers.
The latter features are worth mentioning because the base price for the S1 in India is only 99,999 rupees – the equivalent of 1,144 euros. The S1 Pro is listed at 129,999 rupees (1,488 euros). However, these prices include the nationwide subsidy in India, possible prices and destinations for export have not yet been revealed. Hyundai and Kia invested in Ola in March 2019.
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