Amaan AhmedJuly 23, 2021 09:49:12 am
Ola Electric may be making a quiet scooter, but it’s making all the right noises in preparation for the commercial launch. Expected to be called Ola Series S, this new electric scooter is already attracting eyeballs and pre-launch reservations, with over a lakh of prospective buyers paying Rs 499 to reserve one. Earlier this week, we had told you about Ola’s plans to sell directly to buyers and deliver the scooter at home; Now, we have another vital information: the range of the Ola electric scooter.
Range of electric scooters Ola Electric Series S: real figure of up to 150 kilometers
Tech2 You have learned that the Ola electric scooter is configured to have a true range of up to 150 kilometers on a full charge. This ties in perfectly with some of the information that has emerged in the run-up to the introduction of the e-scooter.
Ola had initially hinted at its target range, stating that the scooter can be charged to 50 percent in just 18 minutes at one of its ‘Hypercharger’ stations, giving it a range of up to 75 kilometers.
Recently, one of a series of spy photos of the electric scooter Ola gave us a clearer view of its large digital screen, which reveals a key figure in the lower left: There are 122 kilometers of indicated autonomy left, with the charge level of the vehicle. battery set at 87. percent. The display also reveals the presence of a side stand cut function, a virtual switch to unlock the seat and access the storage space below, and the presence of signal bars at the bottom right, indicating that the scooter has an e-SIM. for connectivity features.
If you just added the missing 13 percent, that would mean the Ola Series S would have a total real-world range of about 140 kilometers on a full charge. However, it is worth remembering that the range varies based on riding styles (and riding modes), so it is quite possible that the scooter was driven with some enthusiasm before being caught on camera. Like most e-scooters, the Ola Series S will likely also come with different riding modes that will bring mode-specific speed limits and different range estimates.
The Ola electric scooter would therefore make most other electric scooters outperform the front range, both in real world environments and during certification. Given that Ola’s range in the real world is likely to be as high as 150 kilometers, its ARAI-certified range figure would be even higher, and it is expected to be somewhere between 180-190 kilometers. It’s also worth remembering that this figure will likely only apply to the price, the high-spec variant of the scooter, which is expected to be called the Ola S1 Pro. A lower spec model is also expected to be offered, with a configuration of different battery and noticeably lower range, for cost-conscious buyers. Ola has yet to confirm final details about the battery.
Ola electric scooter to have fixed batteries, not interchangeable
There are still a lot of buyers who presume that the Ola electric scooter will come with interchangeable battery packs, since the Etergo Appscooter, which forms the basis of the Ola Series S, used them. However, this is not true: the Ola electric scooter will come with fixed and non-interchangeable batteries. The reason for this is simple – setting up and maintaining a nationwide battery exchange network would not only be time consuming, but would also be a really significant drain on Ola’s resources, and the solution would not necessarily be viable in the end. . user, given the relatively high cost of subscribing to a network of interchangeable batteries.
Additionally, many in the EV space believe that rapid improvements in battery technology will make the swap, which is primarily aimed at eliminating charge times entirely, a futile exercise for years to come. Instead, Ola Electric will have fixed charging stations (including slow and fast charging points) in 100 cities in India at the time of the S Series launch, eventually covering more than 400 cities. Your decision to sell directly to online buyers also means that you can sell your e-scooter in virtually every city in India from day one.
The Ola Electric Series S e-scooter also claims to have the largest under-seat storage in its category, with the ability to accommodate two half-face helmets. It will be available in a total of ten color options.
When it launches in the coming weeks, expect prices for Ola electric scooters to range between Rs 80,000 and Rs 1 lakh.