The hype created by Ola Electric around their battery-powered scooters is genuine. But I presume that like many others, you too wish to understand what your booking amount of Rs 499 got you? We have all seen the images or specifications and assumed that the scooter will be just like the Ather 450x but let us gloss over that for the time being and focus on everything that the Ola S1 Pro has on offer. Your initial payment of Rs 499 just might be one of your best investments for 2021. Want to know why? Stick till the end.

Look of the S1 Pro

Ola S1 Pro front design

If you do an image search for the word funky, what pops up are images of the S1 Pro because this certainly looks interesting. The overall design elements add a lot of flair to the electric scooter’s appeal, making it stand out from the sea of mundane petrol-powered scooters. Although the scooter’s design is extremely simple without too many cuts or creases on the body, it just adds to the quirkiness of the S1 Pro. In addition, when turned on, the headlights look like eyes staring on the road, which adds to the attractive characteristics of the scooter. Furthermore, the LED taillights and turn indicators also look really good. On all this, add the fact that you have ten colour options to choose from that just seems like a cherry on top of an already good looking cake.

Performance of the S1 Pro

S1 Pro (8)

We got to ride the Ola S1 Pro, which has a bigger battery capacity than the standard S1. The S1 Pro comes with a 3.97kWh battery pack that produces 11.3bhp and an impressive 58Nm of torque. Being an electric motor, all the acceleration is instant and can catch you quite by surprise. Toggle the mode button and opt for hyper to experience what actual acceleration feels like. In hyper twist, the throttle and you can reach nought to 40km/h in just 3 seconds while 0 to 100km/h comes in just 5 seconds. If that is not exciting, what will impress you is that slam onto the brakes and the 220mm front hydraulic and 180mm rear hydraulic brakes will stop on a dime. Indeed, what you would expect from a scooter reaching highway speeds instantly. Furthermore, the ergonomics of the S1 Pro is quite spot on, the seat is soft, and the handlebars are mounted at just the right height without tall riders having the issue of their knees hitting the handle while turning.

Range and Charging of the S1 Pro

750kW charger for the S1

Now, this being an electric scooter, your visits to fuel stations and heart attacks looking at your fuel bills will undoubtedly disappear. While Ola claims an ARAI certified range of 181 kilometres on the S1 Pro when in normal mode, expect the range to be around the 150-kilometre mark which, is still pretty impressive. Switch the mode to sport or hyper, and the range does drop down quite significantly. However, it still would suffice most commuters for their daily usage. Additionally, Ola Electric provides a 750W portable home charger that charges up the scooter from empty to full in just 6 hours and 30 minutes.

Technology and Features

Ola S1 screen

Oh, now, this is something that the Ola S1 Pro can fill multiple magazine pages. To begin with, sitting prominently on the handlebar is an 8.2-inch touchscreen system that also doubles up as your speedometer. But that’s not all, connect your phone via Bluetooth or use the Ola Electric app (currently under development), and you can do a lot more. From answering calls to playing music or setting your navigation, all these functions are accessible via the screen and buttons. Furthermore, you can also put geo-fencing, change the display modes (or moods as Ola calls it), set up multiple rider profile modes and do a lot more on the scooter. One feature that genuinely impresses me is that you do not need a physical key to start the scooter. Instead, set up your phone, and that doubles as your digital key, allowing you to unlock your S1 Pro through your phone.

Verdict

Ola S1

Now, if you remember, at the start of this review, I mentioned that the Rs 499 you spent on reserving this scooter must have been your best investment for the year. The reason I stated that are all mentioned above, but if I have to summarize, for Rs 1.29 lakh for the S1 Pro (tested) and Rs 99,000 for the S1, what you are getting is a scooter that offers you the complete package without the hassle of fuel costs and running costs. Gimmicks aside, it truly is a scooter that you can easily live with daily and not worry about range anxiety and charging times. So, if you are looking to buy a new scooter and are willing to switch to electric, the Ola S1 Pro should definitely be on your consideration list. And for those who blindly paid the Rs 499 reserve, you are in for a treat with the Ola S1 Pro.

Specifications:

Battery Capacity – 3.97kWh
Power – 11.3bhp (peak power)
Torque – 58Nm
Weight – 125 kilograms
Range – 181 kilometres (Normal mode)

Price – Rs 1.29 lakh (ex-showroom, India)

For – Looks, Features, Performance
Against – Dealership connectivity, pillion seat space