Ola Electric Launches First E-Scooter On Independence Day

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On the occasion of the country’s 75th Independence day, Ola Electric launched its first electric scooter S1 at a price of Rs 99,999 for the entry level variant with a smaller battery and Rs 129,999 for the top end version. The S1 has a 3.97 Kwh lithium ion battery pack with a peak power of 8.5 KW, a range of 181 kilometers under standard conditions and a top speed of 115 kph. The base variant has a 2.98 kilowatt hour battery pack, a shorter range of 121 kilometers and top speed of 90 kph. It accelerates from standstill to 40 kph in 3 seconds.

If we consider the subsidies by various state governments, the effective prices would be even lower. For example, in Gujarat, the scooter will have a starting price of Rs 79,999, in Delhi Rs 85,099, in Rajasthan Rs 89,968 and in Maharashtra Rs 94,999.

Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO, Ola Electric said – “Scooters ought to be vibrant and fun. The current crop of petrol scooters are boring, dull, slow and clunky. It is time to change that. We are making not just the best electric scooter but the best scooter overall. It has the best design and is backed by the best technology.”

The main features of the electric scooter are that it has a range of connectivity options, a reverse mode and hill hold feature. It doesn’t have a key. It boasts of a vehicle control unit, has an Octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and high-speed connectivity through 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It can be charged in about 6 hours from a standard home socket.  But Ola is also setting up a network of superchargers in the country which would enable it to be recharged in under 40 minutes. The company will start deliveries in October, presently it has received 1 lakh bookings for S1.

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