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Ola Electric has been a driving force in India’s EV segment for a long time. The company seems to have no shortage of ideas to make its S1 electric scooter platform more accessible, more efficient, and with better performance. Ola Electric has launched a four-kilowatt-hour version of its entry-level S1 X scooter for the 2024 model year.
Price often plays a big role in the decision-making process of commuters and enthusiasts in India, and indeed, the new version of the S1 X maintains its affordable price tag. For just Rs 109,999 or approximately $1,325, the Ola S1 X 4kWh offers incredible value for money. Ola claims a single-charge range of 190 kilometers (118 miles) versus 143 kilometers (89 miles) for the 3 kWh model. This makes the S1
On the technical side of the equation, the S1 X 4kWh retains the same barebones approach as its smaller siblings. It has a modest top speed of 90 kilometers per hour (56 miles per hour) and can zoom from rest to 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour) in just 3.3 seconds. However, it misses out on some of the premium features of the S1
As more and more variants of Ola’s S1 electric scooters continue to flood the Indian market, it makes sense for the company to invest in expanding its infrastructure. Ola claims to increase its service centers by 50 percent, targeting 600 service centers across India by April 2024. On top of this, it is strengthening its charging network, claiming that 10,000 stations will be open to the public by June 2024.
Apart from increasing the number of chargers, Ola is also improving charging technology. The new fast chargers are said to provide 75 percent faster charging than home chargers and provide a range of 31 miles in just 20 minutes. The best part is that this new fast charger can also be purchased for home use for Rs 29,999 (US$360).
It’s also worth noting that Ola Electric provides additional peace of mind by offering an impressive standard warranty program for its battery that covers eight years or 80,000 kilometers (about 50,000 miles), whichever comes first. Owners also have the option to extend this warranty up to 100,000 kilometers (62,000 miles) for Rs 4,999 (US$60) and 125,000 kilometers (77,671 miles) for Rs 12,999 (about US$157).
While all the developments surrounding the Ola Electric are indeed promising, one question remains: When will the rest of the world get a taste of this capable and practical scooter? We know that Ola Electric has plans to expand to the rest of the world, but as of now, we don’t know which countries it is targeting first.