The Ola S1 and the Simple One are the newest electric scooters in town. Here's how the models compare in pricing against each other as well as the other electric scooters on offer.
The Ola S1 and the S1 Pro electric scooters have been finally launched and all that hype around the model is finally paying off. Ola has promised some delectable performance numbers, while the claimed range of 181 km on the S1 Pro is sure to ease our range anxiety issues. The Ola electric scooter has also arrived at an extremely aggressive price of ₹ 1 lakh for the S1 variant, and ₹ 1.30 lakh for the S1 Pro variant. All prices are ex-showroom India. Now, depending on the state, these prices further drop based on the subsidy available. On paper at least, the Ola S1 certainly looks like a winner. But how does it fair against the competition? We compare the Ola S1's pricing with the top rivals in the electric scooter segment – Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak and the TVS iQube.
Ola S1 vs Ather 450X
Without a doubt, the benchmark in the electric scooter segment, the Ather 450X is one of the best scooters out there and that will make for an impressive rivalry between both models. Much like the Ola scooter, the Ather offering is available in two variants – 450 Plus and 450X. The scooter gets a 5.4 kW on the 450 Plus, while a 6 kW motor powers the 450X. Ather claims a true range of 70 km on the 450 Plus and 85 km on the 450X. The IDC range (Indian Driving Cycle) stands at 116 km on a single charge for the 450X and 100 km for the 450 Plus. The Ather 450 Plus is priced at ₹ 1.13 lakh, while the 450X will set you back by ₹ 1.32 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi, after Subsidy), which make it substantially more expensive than the S1 and the S1 Pro.
Ola S1 vs TVS iQube
The TVS iQube has so far been the most affordable of the new line-up of electric scooters and also the most practical coming close to its petrol-powered siblings. The iQube is powered by a 4.4 kW electric motor that produces about 6 bhp and 140 Nm. The top speed is about 78 kmph with a range of about 75 km on a single charge. The TVS iQube is priced at ₹ 1.01 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi, after subsidy) but does not undercut the Ola S1 but is cheaper than the S1 Pro.
Ola S1 vs Bajaj Chetak
The Bajaj Chetak has been the other formidable rival in this space and while its availability has been extremely limited, the model is indeed promising. The Bajaj Chetak uses a 3.8 kW motor that develops about 5 bhp and 16.2 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a range of 90 km (IDC) in the Eco mode. The top speed on the scooter is around 70 kmph. The Chetak can be fully charged in about six to eight hours. Since the Chetak is not sold in Delhi yet, we'll consider Bengaluru instead and the model is priced at ₹ 1.43 lakh (ex-showroom). Meanwhile, the Ola S1 is priced at ₹ 1 lakh, while the S1 Pro is priced at ₹ 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Bengaluru).
Ola S1 vs Simple One
And finally, the newest entrant in the segment, the Simple One arrived just hours after the Ola S1 and both models cater to similar segments. The Simple One uses a 4.5 kW electric motor with 72 Nm of peak torque on offer. The model can sprint from 0-40 kmph in 2.95 seconds and has a top speed of 105 kmph. Simple Energy claims the One e-scooter gets the world's longest-range on an electric scooter at 236 km (IDC) that drops to 203 km in the Eco mode. The pan India price for the Simple One is ₹ 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom) before subsidies kick in as per the state.
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