Budget-priced 70 mph electric scooters from Ola begin sales, shake up industry

by Micah Toll

September 8, 2021

Unlike many of the moped-class electric scooters we see with 45 km/h (28 mph) speed limits, Ola came right out of the gate with a fully capable electric scooter in the S1 and S1 Pro. An 8.5 kW electric motor mounted within the scooter’s frame provides the S1 with a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) and an even faster top speed in the S1 Pro of 115 km/h (71 mph).

The scooters house large capacity batteries, with 3 kWh of capacity in the S1 and 4 kWh of capacity in the S1 Pro. That translates into ranges of 121 km (75 miles) and 181 km (112 miles), respectively. Unlike simpler scooters with bare-bones functions, Ola equipped its models with an array of smart features.

The 121 kg (267 lb) scooters include large 7-inch color touch screens that include GPS-based map navigation in addition to typical performance readouts on user-selectable skins. Just like your cellphone, the scooter also packs a digital voice assistant. Saying to the scooter, “Hey Ola, play some music,” will pull up your playlist and get the tunes cranking out of the scooter’s built-in speaker system.

Riders can even take calls via the scooter’s OS by connecting their phones. Speaking of phones, the scooter’s app provides a high level of control. Riders can pop the trunk, adjust lighting, set geo-fencing boundaries, modify electronic sound profiles (or remove them entirely), create rider profiles, and more.

For now though, Ola’s electric scooters are only available in India where they have just begun taking orders. At the rate that the company is growing its production, we don’t expect it to take very long before Ola scooters start making their way overseas.