It’s official – the Ola Electric scooter will be launched in India on 15 August 2021, which also marks India’s 75th Independence Day. The launch date was confirmed on Twitter by Ola Electric CEO Bhavish Aggarwal, who said the company would share detailed specifications, information on features, and on-sale and delivery dates at the scooter’s launch event, which is rumored to be named the Ola Series S.
The Ola Electric scooter has the same banana-shaped batteries as seen on the Etergo Appscooter it’s based on; only here, they are fixed and not removable. It is learned the top-spec Ola e-scooter – expected to be named the Ola S1 Pro – will have a battery capacity of close to 3.6 kWh; among the highest capacities for any electric two-wheeler on sale in India today, which would qualify it for a FAME-II incentive of more than Rs 50,000.
Given that Ola’s real-world range is likely to be as high as 150 kilometers, its ARAI-certified range figure would be higher still, expected to be somewhere between 180-190 kilometers. A lower-spec model – with a different battery configuration and markedly lower range – is also expected to be offered for cost-conscious buyers.
Ola Electric declared its electric scooter would have class-leading acceleration. It’s unclear which scooter Ola considers to be its rivals, but for perspective, the Ather 450X – which is currently the quickest-accelerating e-scooter on sale in India – does 0-40 kph in 3.3 seconds and 0-60 kph in 6.5 seconds. The lower-spec Ather 450 Plus, on the other hand, can do 0-40 kph in 3.9 seconds and 0-60 kph in 8.29 seconds.
The Ola Electric Series S e-scooter also claims to have the largest under-seat storage in its category, with the ability to accommodate two half-face helmets. It will also have a side-stand cut-off function, a virtual switch to unlock the seat incorporated into the large colour instruments display and an e-SIM for connectivity features. It will be available in a total of ten colour options.
Ola’s electric scooter has a single-sided telescopic front suspension, horizontally mounted rear shock absorber, and slotted front and rear disc brakes. The pillion footpegs fold flush into the scooter’s bodywork, and at the back, the Ola electric scooter gets a chunky pillion grab handle and a clear-lens tail-light.
Ola Electric will have fixed charging stations (including slow- and fast-charging points) in 100 cities across India at the Series S launch. It will eventually cover more than 400 cities. Its decision to sell directly to buyers online also means it can retail its e-scooter in practically every city in India right from day one.
Expect Ola Electric scooter prices to range between Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh.