The highly anticipated Ola electric scooter price in India and specifications have been announced. The company presented two scooters, called Ola S1 and Ola S1 Pro. Both scooters serve the premium electric scooter market, but it is the Ola S1 that is likely to attract more buyers, possibly due to its slightly affordable price compared to the Ola S1 Pro. The Ola S1 electric scooter will be retailed in India at an ex-showroom price of Rs 99,999 – excluding state subsidies. The scooter, with its big brother Ola S1 Pro, will be available for purchase starting September 8, with October shipments to 1,000 cities. We take a look at some of the Ola S1’s competitors here in this article which is likely to make its course a bit bumpy in the market.
Ola S1 specifications, price in India at a glance
5 electric scooters that will compete with Ola S1
1. Ather 450 Plus and 450x
Ather Energy’s Ather 450 series is one of the most influential pure EV scooters in India and is quite proudly grown here unlike most others in the segment. The Ather 450 Plus and the 450x are the members of the range where the 450x is more performance oriented of the two. The Ather 450 has benchmark acceleration times, a claimed range of 116 km (actual range approx. 80 km), support for fast charging, an IP67 rated battery with a 3 year warranty and a Decent storage of 22 L. The design 450 approaches with a modern look executed with taste and offers interesting color combinations. The Ather 450 uses a cast aluminum frame and weighs just 108kg (for comparison, Ola S1 Pro weighs 125kg).
The Ather 450 range is already on sale in 11 cities with more to follow. The Ather 450 also hosts connected technology, for which you have to pay on a quarterly or annual basis. The Ather 450 battery is guaranteed for 3 years / unlimited kilometers. The price offers are as follows.
Vehicle price: The Ather 450 Plus was sold for Rs 1,68,989 in India (ex-Bangalore showroom excluding FAME II subsidy), while the Ather 450x sells for Rs 1,87,999 (ex-showroom Bengaluru exhibition outside FAME II subsidy). The scooters come with a few connectivity plans including Ather Connect Lite which costs Rs 400 / quarter or Rs 1,500 / year and Ather Connect Pro, which will get you back to Rs 700 / quarter or Rs 2,400 / year.
2. Bajaj Chetak
The Chetak of yesteryear is back and this time with a modern, purely electric drivetrain. The Chetak is branded without the Bajaj tag, to appeal to old and new customers. The Chetak is one of the more expensive scooters on the market and also lacks the allure of the new generation when it comes to technology and other modernities. Chetak avoids bragging about acceleration times, but being an electric vehicle, it should be pretty good for the city. That said, the Chetak looks more conventional with its modern-retro swoopy design, 6 color options and of course the brand name. The Chetak also promises an IP67 certified body, LED headlights, a claimed range of 90 km, steel body panels and a good guarantee of a well-established after-sales network.
The Chetak is stepping back in time with its basic digital console and no proper connectivity tech underneath. It also means that there is no subscription to pay regularly once you buy this scooter. Chetak de Bajaj also promises a 3 year / 50,000 km warranty. This surprisingly pulls up to 7 years / 70,000 km provided the user never lets the battery drop below 15% and uses the vehicle regularly.
Vehicle price: The price of Chetak Urbane in India is set at Rs 1,000,000 (ex-Delhi showroom), while Chetak Premium costs Rs 1,15,000 (ex-Delhi showroom).
3. iQube TV
The TVS iQube is an attempt by a traditional large-scale two-wheeler manufacturer and it shows. The approach is safe even if it lacks imagination and is clearly designed to appeal to a much larger audience who would prefer the TVS brand to other newcomers to the segment. The TVS iQube hosts a decent albeit generic EV powertrain with a claimed range of just 75 km in eco mode. Acceleration times are in the order of 4.5 seconds and the top speed is 78 km / h. The iQube also uses a base 3 Li-ion battery set and a low-power 4.4 kW motor. The design is also quite original with rounded square shapes throughout. Also from a construction point of view, iQube is playing it safe with basic mechanics. The iQube is however IP67 certified and tips the scales at a moderate weight of 118kg.
The TVS iQube battery gives you a 3 year / 50,000 km warranty. Upon purchase, TVS offers a lifetime subscription to SmartXonnect basic features, a one-year subscription to RSA, and a one-year subscription to SmartXonnect Advanced. The iQube is available in 6 cities.
Vehicle price: iQube comes with a sticker price of Rs 1,00,777 (on Delhi route). The scooter also comes with a SmartXonnet Advanced subscription, which costs Rs 900 / year.
4. HX Electric Photon Hero
The Hero Electric Photon HX looks like it’s a generation or two in terms of styling and powertrain. The unimpressive numbers, the quirky or downright ugly style, the lack of new-age features, the bizarre colors don’t appeal to the heart or the mind. The Photon HX has a meager top speed of 45 km / h, so it’s virtually impossible to get a speeding ticket. The only decent thing to brag about is a claimed range of 108 km. Hero’s lack of connected features and odd, uninteresting marketing doesn’t sweeten the deal for what is currently the most expensive EV two-wheeler in Hero’s portfolio. The only saving grace, if any, is Hero’s healthy reseller and service network.
Vehicle price: Hero Electric Photon HX is priced at Rs 71,440 in India (ex-Delhi showroom)
One of the most promising upcoming electric scooters and a worthy rival to the Ola S1 and S1 Pro scooters will be the Simple One from the home of another startup, Simple Energy. Although currently in a pre-production state, but Simple Energy has started to accept pre-bookings, the scooter has high claims matching and even exceeding the likes of the Ola S1 and S1 Pro. The Simple One claims the fastest 0-40 km / h time in 2.95 seconds while promising a claimed range of 236 km. The Simple One has a removable battery which makes the scooter easier and faster to charge and it achieves this while having 30L of trunk space. The Simple One claims to be 99% localized to keep prices in check.
Vehicle price: The Simple One is priced at Rs 1.09,999. Delivery is expected to begin by the end of this year.
Ola S1 Electric Scooter Specifications Comparison
|Model||Engine power||Engine couple||Battery capacity||Fast charging time||Max. Claimed scope||Acceleration (0-40 km / h)||Top speed|
|Ola S1||8.5kW||58Nm||2.98 kWh||6.30am||121km||3.6 seconds||90 km / h|
|Ather 450x||6kW||26Nm||2.61kWh||5h45||116km||3.3 seconds||80 km / h|
|Bajaj Chetak||4.08 kW||16Nm||48 V, 60.3 Ah||5h||95km||N / A||70 km / h|
|IQube TVs||3kW||14Nm||2.25 kWh||6h||75km||4.25 seconds||78 km / h|
|Hero Photon HX||1.2 kW||N / A||76V, 26Ah||5 hours||108km||N / A||45 km / h|
|A simple||7kW||72 nm||4.8kWh||1h 5min||236km||2.95 seconds||105 km / h|