The Ola S1 revolutionized the two-wheelers electric scooter in India. With growing awareness of climate change and the government’s emphasis on green energy, the ola has readied itself to launch itself into the future. Its ecosystem is both progressive economically and sustainable. Its manufacturing unit is handy with Make In India and Atmanirbhar Bharat, which would be beneficial for Indian GDP.
India is emerging as one of the fastest-growing nations but stringently depends on fossil fuels.
Ola S1 and S1 pro
Ola electric scooters have a revolutionary and fluid design. It is young and vibrant from its iconic headlamps, largest boot space in two-wheelers and its stunning 10 colours. Colours: Midnight Blue, Matt Black, Pink, Silver, Anthracite Grey, Porcelain White, Neo Mint, Marshmellow, Jet Black and Coral Glam.
The Ola has a top speed of 115km per hour and reaches 0 to 40 in just 3 seconds and 0 to 60 in just 5 seconds. And an amazing range of 181 km in a single charge. These are more than most of the scooters can offer.
The two-wheeler EV has one of the most powerful motors in the category, the motor produces a peak power of 8.5 kilowatts. It has front and rear disk brakes and front mono-shock absorbers.
It has a 3.9Kwh battery pack and comes with a 750-watt portable charger and home charging takes up to 6 hrs. The ola electric scooter can also be charged using the Ola Hyper charger network across India. It charges the scooter 50%in just 18 minutes.
The 7inch in touch display is the most powerful one available now. It is powered by an Octa-core processor and has a 3GB ram, comes with 4G, Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Other features like a built-in speaker system, voice recognition and proximity unlock. All these features are accessible through the ola electric app and also in addition the live location of the scooter and its health can be tracked.
Ola boasts about its yet another feature which they call Cruise control. In cruise control, the scooter maintains the speed selected without external throttle input, new on its own.
The Ola electric scooter is built keeping in mind the millennials, their ease and comfort, their technology dependence.
Ola electric scooter comes in two variants in the Indian market Ola S1 and S1 pro.
|Ola S1||Ola S1 pro|
|0 to 40km/h||3.6 seconds||3 seconds|
|Range per charge||121 km||181 km|
|Modes||Normal, sport||Normal, sport and hyper|
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The Ola S1 and S1 pro are priced aggressively keeping in mind the Indian market. Though many states provided subsidies for EVs to help in expanding markets, it is still not affordable for low middle-class Indians.
|State||Ola S1||Ola S1 pro|
|Other states||₹99, 999||₹129,999|
Ola Future factory
The Ola future factory is based in Tamil Nadu. It is the largest and greenest two-wheeler factory in the world and roughly fits the size of Mumbai and Delhi airports.
It has a capacity of manufacturing 10 million scooters a year that is one scooter every two seconds. And this would take over 15% of the global production of two-wheelers. Then India would become the top manufacturer in the global market of two-wheelers EVs.
Public charging for EVs
This is the biggest problem that EV owners would face. The public charging network is still under development and most owners have to do most home charging. As per the EV industry body – Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles – there are 1,800 charging stations in India as of March 2021. These stations are mainly located in and across metropolitan cities.
Recently, Magenta has set up India’s largest public EV charging station (PCS) in Navi Mumbai.
Moreover, NITI Aayog released a handbook on policies and norms to help state governments and local bodies setting up a robust and accessible PCS infrastructure.
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FAME India Scheme Phase II
The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicle (FAME) scheme which was approved in 2019, under the Ministry of Heavy Industries of Government of India has been extended by two years to March 31, 2024. This scheme provides direct financial benefits to both electric vehicle manufacturers and their customers. Under FAME II, it is estimated that it would bring down the purchasing cost for electric two-wheelers by 10% to 25%.
Though there are certain obstacles, the future is in EVs. The two-wheelers also may have some bugs like heat management, suspension system on Indian roads. And electric vehicles are under their developing stage. India’s growing energy demand and its primary dependence on fossil fuels held the government to find alternatives. The baby steps taken today would make a major difference in the future.