Ola resonates with the general public as a ride-hailing company, however, this brand will soon be venturing into completely new territory; electric vehicles. The brand’s separate vertical, Ola Electric, will be dedicated to this venture. The first that we will get to see is an electric scooter. Go back over a few months, not much solid information was available regarding this scooter’s development. However, in recent months, the brand has been quick on its feet in pushing out details regarding its factory (Futurefactory), its charging network (Hypercharger) and the product itself (Ola Scooter). From the recent details that have either been leaked or have been revealed, the product does look promising and that is what we will discuss in today’s story. This article will deal with the scooter’s features, design, performance, range and availability.
What is the Ola scooter?
Last year, Ola acquired an Amsterdam-based electric two-wheeler manufacturer, Etergo BV. Etergo was founded in 2014. The brand worked on a scooter which turned out as ‘AppScooter’ concept in 2018. Minimalistic design, best-in-class features and an innovative battery pack design that lead to the biggest-in-segment boot storage capacity, made this scooter a hot topic in Europe. The scooter even won the ‘2020 German Design Award’. AppScooter was also the world’s first electric scooter to run Android apps via access to 4G connectivity and in-built navigation. Acquiring Etergo has enabled Ola to use and tweak the scooter according to its goals and market priorities according to the conditions here.
Ola scooter design & range
Looking at the teaser, we learn that Ola has mostly retained the design of the Etergo AppScooter. The scooter will come with twin LED headlamps surrounded by rectangular LED DRL. The overall design is minimalistic-yet-classy, reminding us of the Vespa. We expect a tyre size of 12-inches at the front as well as the rear. As far as the suspension setup is concerned, monoshock at the rear and telescopic suspension at the front is expected. We also get to learn from the spy shots that Ola will be offering the scooter in black, blue and pink colours. Apart from these, Ola CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal also teased a white colour scooter in one of his recent tweets.
Coming to the range, we had posted some spy shots of the scooter on our official Instagram handle recently. One specific spy shot that caught our eye was that of the 7-inch instrument cluster. When looked closely at, the instrument panel can be seen reflecting a remaining charge of 87% and the corresponding remaining range of 122km. If we go by a simple calculation, the Ola scooter should give a range of 140km on 100% charge. These figures are way above what is currently being offered by any other competitor in the market. This would be a great advantage to the users if this range is translated to the real world as well.
Apart from this, the company is already claiming a class-leading acceleration and largest-in-class boot space. All of this has come together to make the Ola scooter a very hot topic as of now. The company even managed to garner one lakh registrations in the first 24 hours itself. We expect Ola to price its electric scooter under Rs 1 lakh. The scoter can be booked for Rs 499 currently on the company website. If all that the company is claiming is true, the Ola scooter will directly take on the petrol-powered scooters as well as other electric scooters like Ather 450X (electric) and Honda Activa (petrol-powered).
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