Ola to upgrade all S1 buyers to restricted version of S1 Pro

    While all S1 scooters will be upgraded to S1 Pro hardware for free, unlocking the full potential of that hardware will come at a cost.

    Published On Dec 31, 2021 10:11:00 AM


    Listen to this Article

    In a rather unusual move, it seems Ola Electric will be upgrading all S1 buyers to the S1 Pro, but with a catch. Customers who booked the S1 will receive a scooter equipped with hardware of the S1 Pro (most notably, the larger battery pack).

    But here’s the catch. To unlock the full potential of that hardware and the extra features, namely the higher range, higher top speed, higher charging rate, cruise control, Hyper mode, hill-hold assist, etc, buyers will have to shell out an extra Rs 30,000 for a software upgrade pack. This will effectively make it the same monetary outlay as the S1 Pro.

    The software on the scooters delivered to S1 buyers will be designed to throttle the top speed and charging rate, and it may even limit the usable capacity of the battery pack – an S1 customer would only be allowed to use the equivalent of 2.98kWh of their battery pack, even though it has a capacity of 3.97kWh.

    As a result of the larger battery pack, the S1 Pro-ready scooter being delivered to S1 buyers will be 4kg heavier than the standard S1 they were promised, which may seem slightly unfair to anyone who opted for the S1 owing to its lighter weight and easier manageability. On the flipside, the true range figure of 105km quoted by Ola for the restricted S1 Pro is slightly higher than the 91km true range figure claimed for the standard S1.

    Should an S1 customer choose to pay the extra Rs 30,000 and unlock the extra features, Ola says it will be carried out via a software update. Customers can exercise this option at any point during their ownership experience.

    Ola Electric Bikes

    Copyright (c) Autocar India. All rights reserved.



    No comments yet. Be the first to comment.

    Ask Autocar Anything about Car and Bike Buying and Maintenance Advices
    Need an expert opinion on your car and bike related queries?
    Ask Now

    Search By Bike Price

    Poll of the month

    What do you think of Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari?

    He’ll win his 8th F1 title with Ferrari



    He should have stayed with Mercedes



    No difference; Verstappen will still win the title



    Total Votes : 992
    Sign up for our newsletter

    Get all the latest updates from the automobile universe