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Ola Stops Production of Ola S1 electric scooters, Buyers Upgraded to Ola S1 pro

Ola electric stops the production of s1 electric scooter till late 2022

Ola electric halts the production of Ola S1 electric scooters till an unspecified date considering the high demand for Ola S1 pro electric scooters. Provided buyers with an option to upgrade to the high-end S1 pro variant.

Highlights:

  • Production of base model Ola S1 stopped till late 2022, customers provided with a option to upgrade to S1 pro.
  • Ola S1 buyers can either wait till production resumes or cancel bookings once the window opens.
  • Booking window to open on January 21, 2022. Nothing is updated yet for fresh booking window.

Post the earlier delay in delivery due to global semiconductor shortage during august, Ola electric recently announced the halt in production of the base model Ola electric S1 scooter till late 2022. The recent update from Ola indicates a further delay in delivery of the S1 electric scooter by 9-10 months in India. So far not a single S1 electric scooter has been delivered yet. 

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Over an email to customers, Ola stated that considering the huge number of Ola S1 pro orders, the company will be prioritizing the production of S1 pro electric scooters till it reaches an optimum delivery rate.

Cryptic emails

Over an email sent to buyers, Ola stated that buyers who have booked the base-S1 variant can upgrade to S1 pro electric scooter, once the final payment window opens. The other option is to wait till the production of base-model Ola S1 starts later in  2022, which is put at around 11 months. 

Those who choose to wait will be notified once the production resumes. Buyers also have the option to cancel the booking through the Ola app can get the money refunded back to their accounts.

CEO’s Update:

Post the unclear email sent to buyers regarding the fate of the Ola S1 electric scooter, CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal recently posted a clarification tweet stating that the buyers who have booked the Ola S1 are now being upgraded to Ola S1 pro, with all the features of S1 with a performance upgrade to S1 pro later.

He tweeted, “We’re upgrading all our S1 customers to S1 Pro hardware. You’ll get all S1 features and can unlock Pro range, hyper mode, other features with a performance upgrade. Thank you for being early supporters of Mission Electric! Dispatch in Jan, Feb. Email to follow with details,”

The company also announced the final payment window to open on January 21 at 6 PM on Ola App. All the upgrades, payments, and cancellations can be done during that time. While the dispatch will continue till February customers need will have to wait 10-20 days post-dispatch, to get delivery of their electric scooters. The exact date of delivery depends on the customer’s location and state-wise RTO requirements.

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Ola ceo Bhavish Aggarwal announces the halt in delay in the production of Ola S1 electric scooter
Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal announces the halt in delay in the production of the Ola S1 electric scooter

Vague timeline for Ola S1 electric scooter:

Buyers are confused about the timelines updated from the company regarding the delivery and production start date of the base model S1 electric scooter. The company’s abrupt announcement regarding the halt in production of a particular variant has left buyers in a state of confusion. Earlier in August 2021, Ola announced the delay in delivery due to a global semiconductor shortage. 

The recent halt in the production till an unspecified timeline has left Ola S1 buyers with no other option than to upgrade it to S1 pro after an additional payment of Rs 30,000 or to cancel the booking, once the booking window opens.

Buyers are not very happy with the biassed approach towards a particular variant of electric scooter. As of now not a single base model S1 has been delivered to customers or is available for test rides.

Ola electric made its way to the green mobility space in August 2021 with the launch of its much anticipated electric scooters: Ola S1 and Ola S1 pro priced at Rs 99,999 and Rs 1,29,999 respectively.

With a top speed of 90kmph, Ola S1 offers a claimed riding range of 121 km. Meanwhile, the Ola S1 pro with a top speed of 115kmph offers a sweet riding range of 181kms. 

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Considering the current scenario, those who wish to purchase the base model of the Ola electric scooter, are going to have to wait another 11 months till the production resumes. And those opting for an upgrade to S1 pro(the high-end variant), can do so once the booking window opens on January 21, 2022.

Abhishek Gautam
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