In our Compound Test Ride of the S1 Pro Review, we had a short time with the electric scooter – the S1 Pro, but this time was a very different one. I barely rode the Ola S1 Pro after getting it, but the initial impressions are one of a fast, ridiculously simple to operate scooter, with immediate torque that allows you to zip around in traffic. If you are in the market for a new scooter — EV or not — read this in-depth Ola S1 Pro review to see if this might be your next one.
After all, being able to drive at one-fourth of the price of a gas-powered scooter is a tempting proposition – and that is where companies such as Ola, Ather, TVS, and Bajaj, among others, are seeing their next big opportunity. The Ola S1 Pro has changed the conversation around electric scooters, and the way people talk about it.
Why Ola S1 Pro Electric Scooter grabs our attention
Of course, there are reasons for becoming one, namely, global warming, rising costs of fossil fuels, and so on, that is why so many companies in the EV space entered the market with their new scooters. As new companies enter into the market, the new scooters and bikes are coming in with new technologies and features. Scooters are heralding the new age of the two-wheeler. Electric energy powers the scooters, and their biggest attraction are the features that they come with.
Love them or hate them, there is no question that upstart startup Ola Electric has upended the market for electric two-wheelers, with their bold Direct-to-Home (D2H) sales model being even more groundbreaking than bikes. Both of the Ola firms scooters are beautiful and come equipped with tons of features, which truly turns buyers to its side. Ola companies also launched new scooters on the market that come with new features and a good price.
Features of the Ola S1 Pro Electric Scooter
The S1 Pro Electric Scooter comes with smart Vehicle Control Unit (VCU), Octa-Core CPU, 3GB of RAM, and fast connectivity via 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Ola Electric offers in-built navigation, courtesy MapMyIndia, then there is the Bluetooth connectivity, which you can use to play music from your phone to a speaker on the front apron. Before taking the plunge and buying an EV, check that your community allows for the installation of chargers.
The Ola S1 Pro is aimed at everyone using a scooter or a bicycle for buying groceries, doing household chores around town, getting to and from work, and similar activities. The Ola S1 is powered by an electrical motor that produces an output of 8.5kW with maximum torque of 58Nm, along with a 3.97kWh battery pack.
Some companies have come and gone in the past decade, but the range of opinions that people throw at Ola Electric is unlike anything I have seen before. The Cruise Control feature works at speeds of 20kmph – 80kmph, but doesn’t work once you make any inputs into Ola Electrics S1 Pro. Eco Mode is the new riding mode, and the scooter’s range increases by about 170km. The Ola S1 Pro has also received the Eco riding mode thanks to Move OS2, which attempts to achieve better range while capping top speed at 40kmph.
With the Ola S1 Pro Electric Scooter, you can even switch between four modes — Eco, whereas Normal justifies its name pretty well, it is more for urban driving — you know, doing things like buying groceries, getting to and from office, getting around traffic, the Ola S1 Pro lets you tailor your riding to your own styles, 0–10kmph, after which comes the real magic with Normal, Sport, and Hyper modes.
Sport mode feels nice, and at no point will you feel that you are losing to the regular scooter. Do not take advantage of other modes offered on the city streets, where speeds change quite heavily — but on highways, where speeds stay constant, Cruise Mode comes in handy. The Ola S1 Pro is an interesting, interesting scooter, that is in no doubt, particularly coming from ICE scooters.