Deliveries of Ola S1 e-scooter delayed due to chip shortage
Due to the ongoing global chip shortage, Ola Electric has delayed the deliveries of its S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters in India from later this month to between December 15 and December 30. To recall, their first batch was supposed to be handed over to customers in October and later it got postponed to November 30.
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Ola Electric has received an excellent response from customers for its S1 and S1 Pro models. The company has registered over Rs. 1,100 crore revenue in sales. However, the deliveries of the two-wheelers are being marred by delays. The company is facing flak for this since buyers were supposed to receive their e-scooters in October but now they will have to wait till mid-December.
The company also issued an apology to customers
"Due to the ongoing global shortage of chipsets, there are some unavoidable delays to your Ola S1 delivery. We apologize for this delay and assure you that we are ramping up production so you can get your Ola S1 at the earliest."
The scooters have aluminium-alloy wheels and Bluetooth connectivity
Ola S1 and S1 Pro are built on a tubular frame and flaunt an indicator-mounted front apron, a flat footboard, and a flat-type seat with a pillion grab rail. The scooters pack a Bluetooth-enabled 7.0-inch touchscreen instrument panel with Wi-Fi connectivity, a full-LED setup for lighting, and ride on aluminium-alloy wheels. They have an under-seat storage capacity of 36-liter.
The S1 Pro has a top-speed of 115km/h
Ola S1 and S1 Pro pack an 8.5kW electric motor along with a 2.98kWh and 3.97kWh battery pack, respectively. The S1 offers a top-speed of 90km/h and a range of 121km, while the S1 Pro has a top-speed of 115km/h and a range of 181km.
They get a rear mono-shock unit
In terms of safety equipment, the Ola S1 and S1 Pro are equipped with disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels, along with combined braking system for better handling on the roads. Suspension duties on the two electric scooters are taken care of by a single fork on the front side and a mono-shock unit on the rear end.
Ola S1 and S1 Pro: Pricing and availability
In India, the Ola S1 carries a price-tag of Rs. 99,999, while the S1 Pro sports a price-figure of Rs. 1,29,999 (both prices, ex-showroom). Deliveries of the scooters will now start from the next month.