Ola Scooter S1 And S1 Pro: Variants Explained
What more do you get for the additional Rs 30,000 that the S1 Pro demands?
Ola Electric aims to disrupt the two-wheeler mobility space with its first creation, the S1. The electric scooter has gone on sale at Rs 99,999 (ex-showroom with FAME 2 included), making it quite a value-for-money purchase. And that’s not all. Remember, we were the first ones to report that Ola would be bringing a more serious version as well. That’s the S1 Pro and it costs Rs 1,29,999. Here’s what additional goodies you get on the S1 Pro:
Even though the batteries aren’t removable, Ola has maintained the Etergo’s (the Dutch EV firm that Ola acquired in 2020) banana-shaped battery construction. The Pro benefits from a larger 3.97kWh unit, which is a whole 0.99kWh more than the S1. Obviously, it does take longer to fully charge the Pro model. However, the range benefits are quite substantial. Take a look at the table below:
Both trims are powered by the same 5.5kW motor. The peak power rating as well as the torque rating after reductions remains the same for the two variants: 8.5kW and 58Nm. Thus, the extra performance comes from the extra juice provided by the batteries as well as a slightly different motor tune. Here’s how different the claimed performance of the two versions is:
The Ola S1 is quite a feature packed scooter. Proximity lock/unlock, remote boot opening, large screen interface, navigation, limp home, and reverse mode, and that’s just scratching the surface. What the S1 Pro gives you extra is the following:
- Cruise control: for when you want to chill
- Hill hold: for when you have to get going on a steep incline
- Voice assistant: to control some functions on your Ola S1 Pro, simply say “Hey Ola!”
The S1 and S1 Pro are identical in build. Both have an accessible seat height of 792mm, high ground clearance of 165mm and a mammoth underseat storage of 35 litres. The only difference is the kerb weight. At 121kg, the S1 is 4kg lighter than the S1 Pro.
Considering the benefits, the Rs 30,000 premium for the Pro feels quite justified and it would be our pick of the two. But even if you choose to go ahead with the S1, you would be buying a scooter that’s on-par with the Ather 450X, which is our current benchmark of high-quality electric scooters.