Most of the functions were running the in Beta mode. Thus, the experience wasn’t as smooth as we had expected. The scooter uses an electric motor that makes a peak power output of 8.5kW and 58Nm of peak torque. The S1 Pro comes with two modes as standard – Normal and Sport. The Hyper mode is available as an optional extra and it promises better performance. The rider can toggle between the modes on the fly, and the difference between the three is instantly evident. As their names suggest, the Normal mode packs the most laid-back character while the Sport mode improves acceleration further. The Hyper mode gives out maximum acceleration and it feels brisk and noticeably quicker than some of the internal combustion engine-powered scooters in a similar price range. There’s also a reverse mode that can be used to move the vehicle in parking spaces.
Our test vehicle had a specific issue where it wouldn’t respond to the accelerator inputs and the scooter would stop moving completely. At one particular moment, the response became jerky before the scooter came to a standstill, and we had to restart the vehicle to get back in motion. We switched to another scooter to check if the issue existed in that as well. Surprisingly, the second scooter, too, showed similar traits.
We did not get to test the range of the battery due to the limited time, but we plan to ride this scooter for a longer duration once the delivery ready vehicles are available.
The braking setup, which comprises disc brakes on both wheels, is sufficiently strong for the task. It lacks the initial bite but feels progressive and the setup will be useful for city rides. It misses the safety net of ABS, however, Ola Electric offers a combined-braking system with the electric scooter. The suspension tasks are performed by a single fork at the front and a mono-shock at the back. The suspension setup features a sporty tuning without being too stiff. Thus, the S1 Pro filters out most of the undulations but you would notice the bigger holes on the road.
At 125kg, the Ola S1 Pro is heavier than some of the conventional scooters, although we didn’t find the weight to be an inconvenience during our short test ride. It was easy to move the scooter without using the engine power and most riders should be able to handle the weight of the S1 Pro fairly easily.
The ergonomics are comfortable and the saddle packs ample space for a rider and a pillion. The only issue that we would like to point out is the hump in the middle of the footboard that has been placed to accommodate wiring and part of the battery. This limits the floor space for feet and some riders may not like the design.