Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

Bangalore based electric two wheeler manufacturer Ola has confirmed that it is working on an electric motorcycle and a cheaper scooter.

The news was confirmed by Ola Electric CEO Bhavish Aggarwal on Twitter. Aggarwal also revealed that Ola electric would start work on the new electric scooter and motorbike in 2022.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

Ola recently started allowing customers to conduct test rides for its S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters. The Ola S1 and S1 Pro were launched in August. The company garnered over 1,00,000 bookings for the two scooters when it first opened bookings, with the company's CEO stating that at one point customers were booking two new S1s or S1 Pros every second.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

That enthusiastic response, on the other hand, has forced Ola to push back the second booking window for customers to December 16. This is a delay of over a month and a half from the previously stated opening date of November 1. Thankfully for customers who managed to book their scooters during the first booking window, Ola has started test rides of the new electric scooters in a few select cities across the country.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

Ola in September had raised over $200 million to accelerate its plans to bring out more electric vehicles like motorcycles and even cars. The company's CEO had also in the same month confirmed plans to ship the two new electric scooters to the United States.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

While details are still very scarce about the new Ola Electric motorcycle, the new more affordable scooter is expected to be a tweaked version of the current S1.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

The affordable electric scooter is expected to ditch the touchscreen functionality for the rider's digital display along with features like cruise control among others. Another way that Ola could cut costs is by offering the new scooter with a smaller battery pack and less powerful motor which should help bring down costs. The loss of features will allow Ola Electric to price the scooter in a slightly lower price bracket to make it more appealing to the general public.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

The Ola Electric S1 and S1 Pro are priced at Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.3 lakh (both ex-showroom) respectively. The Ola S1 draws power from a 2.98kWh battery pack while the S1 Pro sports a larger 3.97kWh power supply. Both the S1 and S1 Pro are powered by an interior permanent magnet type (IPM) mid-drive motor which in regular riding produces 7.37bhp. However, the electric motor has a peak output of 11.39bhp and a meaty 58Nm of torque.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

The S1 has a claimed range of 121 kilometres while the S1 Pro with its bigger battery pack raises that figure to 181 kilometres. The bigger battery pack on the S1 Pro means that the more premium scooter weighs in at 125 kilogrammes, which is 4 kilos heavier than the 'regular' S1.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter

The larger battery pack also means that when plugged into a regular wall socket, the S1 Pro takes six and half hours to fully charge compared to the S1 which takes four hours and forty-eight minutes to top up its power pack from empty. However, when connected to Ola's Hypercharger network both scooters can add 75 kilometres of range in just 18 minutes.

 Ola Electric Confirms Motorcycle & Cheaper Scooter
Thoughts On Ola's Plans For A Motorcycle And More Affordable Scooter

Ola Electric is currently working at a rapid pace to meet the insane demand for its current offering. Hopefully, by the time the new bike and scooter arrive the company will have its Futurefactory running at full capacity to meet the orders that will surely be generated by the availability of a more affordable scooter and a

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Article Published On: Monday, November 15, 2021, 12:04 [IST]
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