Ola Cabs, Indian major in public transport, has launched their first electric scooter at Rs 1 lakh for the base model Ola Electric S1.
Bhavish Aggarwal, the co-founder of Ola Cabs has been tirelessly teasing and promoting the startup’s new electric scooter for a while and finally the prices have been announced. Unsurprisingly, Ola Electric has attracted good traction among electric scooter buyers in India.
The new electric scooter is offered in two variants – the Ola Electric S1, priced at Rs 1 lakh and the pepier Ola Electric S1 Pro which costs Rs 1.30 lakh. If you live in a state that offers monetary benefits for electric vehicles, you can save up to Rs 20,000. People who have already reserved a slot now have the option of purchasing the scooters. The whole process is completely digital and those who want to see the scooter in the flesh will have to wait a bit. This is strictly on a first come, first served basis and the window will only stay open while supplies last. EMIs start at Rs 2,999 for the Ola S1 and Rs 3,199 for the Ola S1 Pro.
Here is the pricing by state:
Battery and electric motor
Both the Ola Electric S1 and the Ola Electric S1 Pro are powered by an 8.5 kW (11.6 hp) electric motor with a continuous output of 5.5 kW (7.5 hp), making it makes it as powerful as sporty IC scooters like the Aprilia SR 160. S1 gets a 2.98 kWh, non-removable lithium-ion battery pack compared to the Pro’s 3.97 kWh battery. And for a full charge, the smaller battery takes 4:48 hours, while the Pro takes a good 6:30. Interestingly, by using a fast charger, you can get enough juice for 75 km in just 18 minutes. While the S1 promises to reach a top speed of 90 km / h with a range of 121 km, the S1 Pro can go up to 115 km / h and return to a range of 181 km. In the exclusive “Hyper” mode, the S1 Pro claims to hit 60 km / h in 5.0 seconds, or about 2 seconds faster than the S1 which only gets the standard “Normal” and “Sport” modes. These numbers should make the Ola electric scooter a decent city ride.
Both Ola electric scooters are based on the same cycle parts, including a tubular frame, a single telescopic arm at the front and a single shock absorber at the rear. The electric scooter runs on 12 inch alloys shod with 110/70 R12 tires, which seems commensurate with the overall dimensions. Braking is handled by discs at both ends, with a 220mm disc up front and 180mm disc at the rear wheel, offered with CBS’s safety net. However, we would have liked to see ABS at least on the high-end finish. In terms of body color, the Ola Electric S1 comes in five non-metallic options, while the S1 Pro has a choice of five additional metallic colors. In terms of practicality, there’s a fairly usable 36-liter under-seat storage space, an accessible seat height of 792mm and ground clearance of 165mm should be enough to tackle most urban challenges.
There is a long list of amenities, including some standard features like proximity lock / unlock, remote start unlock, anti-theft alert, geolocation, smartphone connectivity with in-car navigation, Limp Home and reverse modes. Meanwhile, Hill Hold, cruise control and voice assistance are offered exclusively with the higher-end Ola Electric S1 Pro.
Although India’s two-wheeler landscape is dominated by internal combustion engine models, there has been growing interest from established conventional manufacturers and several start-ups in the electric mobility space. Building on this growing demand, Ola Electric will fight against established models like the Bajaj Chetak, TVS iQube and Ather 450X. Apart from that, Ola Electric aims to install charging stations in 100 cities in the first year of their operations.
Piaggio India, the manufacturer of scooters of the Vespa brand, presented the 75th special edition of the two-wheeler to mark the 75 years of the brand’s presence in India.
The Vespa 75th will be offered in 125 and 150 CC engine options and is priced at 1,25,996 and 1,39,090 respectively excluding Pune showroom. It can be booked at all dealerships in India and through its website, the company said.
“As we celebrate the value of independence through Vespa 75th, it also embeds Vespa’s journey to India as India celebrates 75 years of independence,” said Diego Graffi, CMD, Piaggio India.
Stating that Vespa is a separate brand in the market and known for its style statement, he said the company will continue to offer differentiated and technologically superior products to Indian customers.
“The Vespa is not just a vehicle, but a lifestyle icon,” said Sudhanshu Agrawal, CEO, 2W, Piaggio India.
“Celebrating 75 glorious years with a creatively designed Vespa 75 Edition represents the most exciting journey in history while looking at the future of mobility through its values.”
The company will continue to offer gasoline in the Vespa and Aprilia scooter ranges as it develops its own powertrain for manufacturing electric scooters. “It will take about two to three years while we develop a powertrain. We don’t want to provide a standard product and will not source battery technology from China, ”Graffi added.
He said the company is also developing a 300+ CC motorcycle for India and export markets. The company is also expanding its dealer network from 275 in 190 cities to more than 400 in 300 cities.
The electric two-wheeler scene in India is buzzing with activity these days. New products are launched one after another, providing customers with a variety of options to choose from. Now, Bengaluru-based electric vehicle start-up Simple Energy has entered the fray with its One electric scooter. Here are some important details you need to know about the highly anticipated Simple One.
Price of the Simple One electric scooter
Simple Energy priced the One electric scooter at Rs 1.09,999 (ex-showroom).
Features of the Simple One electric scooter
The Simple One has a full LED lighting setup with an LED headlight, LED tail light and LED turn signals. This is a 4G compatible electric scooter with Bluetooth connectivity. There is a 7 inch touchscreen dashboard. Among its outstanding features are on-board navigation, geolocation, remote telemetry, music and call control, document storage and tire pressure monitoring system. It can also receive OTA updates.
Simple One Electric Scooter Color Options
The Simple One comes in four colors: Azure Blue, Brazen Black, Grace White and Namma Red.
Simple One Electric Scooter Motor, Top Speed, Other Specifications
The Simple One is equipped with a 7kW permanent magnet synchronous motor which is tuned to produce 72Nm of maximum torque. The motor can push the electric scooter from standstill to 40 km / h in 3.05 seconds (claimed). Depending on the size of the tires, the maximum speed is 98 km / h or 105 km / h (claimed). There are four riding modes: Eco, Ride, Dash and Sonic.
The One electric scooter is based on a tubular steel frame with telescopic suspension at the front and progressive monoshock symmetrically mounted at the rear. It receives 12-inch alloy rims shod with tubeless tires. There is a disc at the front (200 mm) and at the rear (190 mm). Combined braking and regenerative braking systems are also available.
Simple Energy claims to have developed and patented the powertrain and braking systems of the One electric scooter in-house.
Simple One electric scooter battery, range, charge
The Simple One’s motor is associated with a 4.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. The battery is removable and weighs 7 kg. According to IDC (Indian Drive Cycle), the range of the electric scooter is 236 km. According to the test carried out by Simple Energy, it is 203 km.
The battery can be charged 0-80% at home using a 15A outlet in 2.45 hours. Fast charging can recharge the battery for 2.5 km in one minute. Simple Energy recently introduced the Simple Loop charging network for public charging as well as home charging. It aims to launch more than 300 charging stations over the next seven months in 13 states.
Dimensions of the Simple One electric scooter
The Simple One is 1833mm long, 768mm wide and 1280mm high (with mirrors). Its wheelbase is 1,300 mm and the seat height is 775 mm. The wading pool limit is 300 mm. The empty weight of the electric scooter is 110 kg. The trunk can hold 30 liters of luggage.
Simple One Electric Scooter Reservations
Simple One was initially launched across Delhi and 12 states – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab. Reservations can be made for a symbolic amount of Rs 1,947.
Simple One Electric Scooter Grant
The Simple One electric scooter is eligible for a grant under the second phase of the FAME India program. Customers can also get grants from the state.
Available in 10 colors in satin, matte and gloss finishes, Ola S1 comes with dual headlights, an ergonomic and fluid body, premium alloy rims, sculpted seats and the largest trunk space that fits comfortably with two helmets.
The S1 Pro variant sets new benchmarks in the industry with a range of 181 kilometers, acceleration from 0 to 40 km / h in 3 seconds and a top speed of 115 km / h.
It has a battery capacity of 3.97 kWh, over 30% higher than the next closest EV, and the most powerful motors in the class with 8.5 KW of peak power.
Ola S1 also comes with a proprietary Battery Management System (BMS) that actively works to monitor the battery for optimal durability, performance, range and safety.
It does not have a physical key and pairs with your phone thanks to its “digital key” function. This lets it know when you’re nearby and automatically unlock. It will also lock as you move away. It has a multi-microphone array, built-in AI speech recognition algorithms, and one of the sharpest and brightest 7-inch touchscreens.
With our in-house MoveOS, customers can not only change the look and feel of the screen, but also the sound of the scooter. It will have four moods at launch – Bolt, Care, Vintage and Wonder, and will deliver a personalized vehicle sound experience.
It will also come with three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Hyper. Ola S1 has an anti-theft alert system, geographic fence and a fireproof, water and dust resistant battery.
It also has front and rear disc brakes and a “Hill Hold” function which makes it easier to drive in traffic and navigate on slopes.
110/70 R12 tires, single-shock rear suspension and single-fork front suspension provide far superior road grip. It has a cruise mode which makes driving comfortable and convenient and a reverse mode which makes it easier to park and get out of tight spaces.
With a sturdy grab bar for added safety, a side step and sculpted seats, passenger passengers will also love the comfort of their ride. The scooters also come with voice recognition that lets you quickly complete your key tasks without having to worry about navigating the menu.
In states with active subsidies, Ola S1 will be much more affordable than many gasoline scooters. For example, after the state subsidy in Delhi, the S1 would cost only Rs 85,009 while in Gujarat it would only cost Rs 79,000. Ola has also partnered with banks and financial institutes to an EMI plan starting at Rs 2,999.
The first phase of Futurefactory is almost complete and Ola S1 will be purchased from September 8, 2021. Ola Electric will start delivering to 1000 towns and villages in October.
Starting at a price of Rs 99,999, which includes FAME II subsidies but omits state-level subsidies, and going up to Rs 1.29,999 for the Pro model, Ola said he would start. to authorize buyers to buy its vehicles from September 8, with the first deliveries starting in October in 1,000 towns and villages in India.
Ola, who will manufacture the vehicles at its Krishnagiri plant in Tamil Nadu, said it will soon have a production capacity of one million vehicles and is confident it can fulfill pre-orders for its electric scooter models in the near future. over the next few months. Ola said she received more than a lakh of pre-reservations for her scooter in the first 24 hours after reservations opened to the public.
“The S1 and S1 Pro are industry-leading products with best-in-class range, speed and cost,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, founder and CEO of Ola. “We have seen a demand for this vehicle from everywhere, and of course also from big cities, because the scooter is a product of urban mobility. ”
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The top of the range Ola S1 Pro will have a 3.97 kilowatt-hour (KwH) battery with a range of 181 kilometers and a top speed of 115 kilometers per hour. While Aggarwal said buyers can expect 85% of this range in real life conditions, he added that it was still twice what competitors in the market were offering today.
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The cheaper S1 gets a smaller 2.98 kWh battery, which is even larger than that offered in the Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak or TVS iQube scooters, which will give the S1 a range of 121 kilometers, while its speed of peak will be limited to a 90 km / h.
Ola will also roll out a home service network in every city where it sells its electric vehicles and said buyers can expect a 40% lower total cost of ownership for its electric vehicles compared to gasoline scooters on the market. market today.
The company‘s scooters will also come with plenty of futuristic features like keyless lock / unlock, different modes and profiles for different riders, and even allow riders to set moods that will change the sound and display graphics. Both models will also benefit from a reverse mode and hill-hold assistance.
“Only around 160 million people in India own a two-wheeler today and this will increase dramatically. While we need our people to have mobility solutions, we can’t let that be gasoline vehicles. The only way out is to accelerate this electric journey and that is the vision with which we started Ola Electric, ”said Aggarwal.
Aggarwal, who has also taken on giants such as Tesla and Hyundai at the request of the Indian government to reduce import tariffs on electric vehicles, saying it would hurt the development of India’s own electric vehicle manufacturing plans, also said that India should consider switching to 100% electric two-wheelers by 2025, with the country having the capacity to capture 50% of global two-wheeler demand by then.
He added that “the market is ready, the consumer is ready, it’s just that companies are not ready” when it comes to offering electric vehicles and Ola was looking to accelerate that by launching competitive products. globally in the sector. He also said that Ola would make a profit sooner than everyone expects from her electric vehicle manufacturing business.
Simple One electric scooter price range officially revealed ahead of India launch
Simple Energy, a Bengaluru-based electric vehicle maker, will launch its first scooter this month. Dubbed Simple One, this electric scooter goes on sale here on August 15 and will also be available for reservation the same day. Ahead of the launch of Simple One, the electric vehicle maker shared some important details about the vehicle. The Simple One was initially to be available in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, followed by other regions later. However, the company has now decided that the electric scooter will also be launched in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab. This became possible because the company had started work on the manufacturing unit in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, which will have an annual production capacity of up to 1 million units.
The most important detail about Simple One, however, is the price range; the company has officially revealed that the price of Simple One in India will be between 1.1 lakh and 1.2 lakh. This puts it close to rivals like Bajaj Chetak Electric, TVS iQube, and Ather Plus.
Suhas Rajkumar, Founder and CEO of Simple Energy, said, “We have received many requests from many Indian cities to reserve the vehicle. The company felt the need to respond to these demands and launch the Phase 1 plan. We are also starting PAN India pre-bookings on launch day. The future is definitely cleaner and greener for Simple Energy. “
As already revealed, the Simple One will have a 4.8 kWh lithium-ion battery that will provide a range of 240 km / charge in Eco mode. The electric scooter will also be able to sprint from zero to 50 km / h in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 100 km / h. What’s interesting to note is that the Simple One will get a removable battery, which will make it easier for the owner to carry the battery to the charging point. Other features available on this electric scooter will include a seven-inch touchscreen instrument cluster with built-in navigation, Bluetooth, and more.
After including members of the cycling community in its delivery service, foodpanda now welcomes electric scooter riders to its team.
In a press release, foodpanda said the inclusion of electric scooter riders will help the company continue to provide “fast and convenient food deliveries to its customers while providing members of the electric scooter community with a source. of income “.
foodpanda recently launched the electric scooter service with 25 riders in Makati and BGC. It will be a good opportunity for those who want to be the pioneers of the perfect service for safe, fast and efficient deliveries of 1 to 2 km.
According to foodpanda, there will be an onboarding process with a distribution of the company‘s free rider assets that includes a thermal bag, two sets of uniforms, a gcash card, a helmet and LED lights for successful applicants.
“With the growing community of electric scooter riders seeing it as a convenient way to get around, we are opening up this opportunity for them to have a source of income that will cover short-haul deliveries. We are testing this in our two metro areas and hope to be able to cover other areas soon. This is another way for foodpanda to innovate in its services to reach more customers, ”said foodpanda CEO Daniel Marogy. “To ensure road safety, which as one of our priorities, all approved scooters will meet the requirements of the city government. This is also in line with foodpanda’s initiatives to explore more sustainable efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. “
The group of seven friends, all of whom are members of the Sun Inn Scooter Club, plan to set off from Eastwood town center to the Orkney Islands in Scotland and return for an epic 14-day expedition.
Their journey will see them travel up the east coast and back down the west coast with nine stops along the way.
Dedicated runners hope to raise a total of £ 1,348 to match the number of kilometers covered on their trip.
All funds raised will then be donated to the Eastwood branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), which provides support to those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.
Scooter rider Kathryn Shrubb, who will be participating in the fundraising expedition, said, “Each year club members vote for the charity to raise funds for.
“The RBL was chosen in 2020, but due to pandemic restrictions we postponed it to 2021 because we couldn’t lift as much as we wanted last year.
“The charity holds its monthly meetings at the Sun Inn and we try to educate our veterans locally in the Eastwood District.
“Raising awareness of their well-being is particularly important. “
All runners will carry their luggage on board and pay for their own accommodation to ensure all money raised goes directly to the Royal British Legion.
“One of the hotel owners even gave us a discount, but we put the money right back into the fundraising pot,” added Kathryn.
The adventure promises to be unforgettable, with many additional surprises planned along the way.
Kathryn revealed, “While we are in Orkney, my husband and I have a Viking Fasting Blessing Ceremony.
“So we planned a lot for the trip.
“We will also have video cameras on our helmets so that we can capture some of the beautiful scenery. “
The runners will leave from the cenotaph of the town tomorrow (Saturday July 31) at 9 am.
Kathryn added, “If you have a scooter or a motorbike you can come and do part of the trip with us.
“Dave and Kathryn from Dog and Parrot also do a lot of work for our veterans and have given us a lot of support. Dave will also be joining us for the first leg of the trip.
“Our first stop will be Embleton NE66 3EX and we’re there for two nights. We will continue to post our itinerary and photos on our Facebook pages.
The group has raised £ 1,053 so far and is calling on the local community to help them reach their goal.
“Even a donation of £ 1 will help us reach our goal and help our veterans,” added Kathryn.
Runners are scheduled to return to Eastwood on August 14.
A petition has been launched on the UK government’s petitions page, calling for new requirements to be introduced for all electric scooter riders and cyclists who share our roads.
With personal mobility having seen incredible growth over the past year, many are turning to two wheels to get around.
While motorcycles and scooters, of course, go through some pretty rigorous testing and licensing (although CBT can be a bit lackluster for a brand new rider), jumping on an electric bike or scooter is completely free. . In particular, the rise of the rental of electric scooters and bicycles in cities.
Nicholas Frank Freeman thought that was enough and started this petition.
It was submitted with the following details:
“The government should require cyclists and e-scooter riders to display visible identification, require cycle lanes to be used when available, and introduce a licensing and penalty point system for all cyclists and a licensing system for electric scooter drivers.
The roads are now shared with more cyclists and electric scooters than ever before. Yet cyclists and electric scooter riders are currently not held accountable in the same way as drivers.
Bike paths can be safer but are often not used. A licensing system and a penalty point system should ensure responsible use of cycling and electric scooters.
If the petition reaches 10,000 signatures, the UK government will respond. With 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in parliament. At the time of publication, it has 6,838 signatures.
Should electric scooter riders and cyclists be subject to new rules?
These aren’t exactly new ideas, we recently reported on Mr. Loophole having pretty much the same idea that everyone who shares the roads should be held accountable for their driving and wear visible identification (like a tabard).
A bicycle aptitude test doesn’t quite guarantee road safety, as taking it is entirely optional – I passed mine for the first time in school, I’m just saying. Although I’m pretty sure everyone did.
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