Ola S1 Pro electric scooter catches fire; probe ordered
Ola Electric has decided to launch a probe after a black-colored S1 Pro model with a learner's badge went up in flames in Pune on Saturday (March 26). It was parked at the time of the incident and no one was hurt. Notably, this is the first safety-related incident reported against the company after it commenced deliveries of its scooters in December 2021.
Watch the Ola S1 Pro scooter engulfed in flames
Why does this story matter?
- The Lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles might catch fire if they are damaged or improperly manufactured. Faulty designing of the software used to operate the batteries might also result in a fire hazard.
- All these factors bring the safety of EVs into question and a thorough investigation is required to ensure such incidents are not repeated in the future.
Take a look at the company's statement
Here's recalling the Ola S1 Pro
The Ola S1 Pro sits on a tubular frame and sports an indicator-mounted front apron, a flat footboard, a smiley-shaped headlamp, and a single-piece seat with a pillion grab rail. It packs a Bluetooth-enabled 7.0-inch touchscreen instrument cluster with support for voice control and an all-LED lighting setup. The scooter rides on aluminium alloy wheels and gets a 36-liter under-seat storage compartment.
It attains a top-speed of 115km/h
The Ola S1 Pro packs an 8.5kW electric motor paired to a 3.97kWh battery pack. It has a top speed of 115km/h, sprints from 0-40km/h in three seconds, and promises a range of 181km on a single charge.
There are disc brakes on both the ends
In terms of safety equipment, the Ola S1 Pro is equipped with disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels, along with a combined braking system to avoid skidding on the roads while braking. The suspension duties on the electric scooter are taken care of by a single fork on the front side and a mono-shock unit on the rear end.
Ola S1 Pro: Pricing
In India, the Ola S1 Pro carries a price-tag of Rs. 1.3 lakh (ex-showroom). The electric two-wheeler will get a price-hike ahead of the next purchase window, which will open soon.