Ola S1 Air beats electric car competition when it comes to specs and features
The Ola S1 Air just went on sale a few days ago and at Rs 84,999 it sits at a pretty competitive price point. The S1 Air is a fresh start into the world of Ola electric motorcycles, with the S1 and S1 Pro lining it up, both in terms of price as well as performance and range.
That said, the S1 Air is not limited to being a discounted version of the high-end S1. In fact, the S1 Air boasts features like a 7-inch TFT touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, distance unlock and more. Other highlights of the scooter include a hub-mounted motor with 4.5kW peak power and a claimed 0-40kph time of 4.3 seconds. The scooter can accelerate to a top speed of 85 km/h. Its 2.5kWh battery takes 4.5 hours to fully charge and offers a range of 101 km in Economy Mode.
Let’s take a look at what Ola S1 Air’s similarly priced peers have to offer.
Hero Electric Optima CX (Dual Battery): Rs 85,190
The Electric Optima belongs to Hero’s range of city speed electric motorcycles, capable of reaching a top speed of 45 km/h. The low speed range is only possible up to 25 km/h.
A glance at the Optima’s specifications shows that the scooter is equipped with a 1.2kW engine mounted on a central axle. The battery capacity reaches over 1.5kWh and equates to a range of 140km. The company says it takes 4-5 hours to fully charge the battery, and unlike the Ola S1 Air, the Optima’s battery is removable and can be taken to your home or office and charged using a regular 3-pin power outlet. .
As for the design of the scooter, it looks quite conventional. Meanwhile, the chassis is suspended by telescopic forks and dual shock absorbers. The scooter uses 12-inch wheels and braking is done by drum brakes at both ends.
In terms of features, this scooter has LED headlights, USB charging port for phones, cruise control and reverse mode.
Okinawa Praise Pro: Rs 87,593
The Okinawa Praise Pro, like the Hero Optima, cannot match the S1 Air when it comes to specs alone. The Praise Pro has a hub-mounted 2.7kW motor capable of propelling the scooter to a top speed of 50kph. The motor is powered by a 2.08kWh lithium-ion battery and the company claims it can go 81km in Sport mode per full charge.
As is the case with the Ola S1 Air, the Okinawa also has telescopic forks and twin shock absorbers. However, it has disc brakes at both ends instead of drum brakes on the Ola.
In terms of features, the scooter has a mobile phone charging port and forward/reverse parking mode.
TVS Jupiter 125: Rs 82,825 Rs-89,625 Rs
If you haven’t had a buggy tram and need a good old ICE scooter instead, the TVS Jupiter 125 makes a strong case for itself. Powering the scooter is a single-cylinder, air-cooled, 124.8cc engine that produces more than 8hp and 10.5Nm of power. It is capable of bringing the throttle to a specified top speed of 90kph (Vbox 80kph).
When it comes to features, it doesn’t have the fancy TFT display you’ll find on the S1 Air but instead has the usual digi-analogue instrument cluster. However, like the Hero and Okinawa, it also has a USB port to charge your phone. Other amenities include a bag hook and a large 33-litre trunk, one liter smaller than the S1 Air’s trunk.
As for the chassis, it is suspended by telescopic forks and a charged monoshock with preload adjustment. The scooter rides on 12-inch wheels at both ends and is available with drum brakes at both ends or with a disc at the front and a drum at the rear.
The best part is that unlike electric scooters, you won’t have to wait for hours to fill up your ICE scooter.