The key highlight of having the Ola S1 Pro as my daily and primary source of commute is the low running cost. Apart from timely charging, it hasn’t demanded anything else so far. The average distance it covers daily ranges between 40-50km. So, I charge it once every two days since it returns 100km in one full charge.
That said, we’ve also managed to squeeze about 125km by riding the scooter at speeds between 35-45kmph. So, you trade your time for more distance. But it still makes for a good scooter for local runabouts and occasional highway runs.
Its performance, too, is quite likable. The S1 offers brisk acceleration and easily clocks triple-digit speeds, even with a pillion onboard. The same is backed by a reliable bite from the front and rear disc brake setup. In Mumbai’s pothole-ridden roads, however, the front suspension bottoms out repeatedly and makes a loud ‘thud’ noise. That said, the rear shock is tuned properly and offers a supple ride quality.
Apart from the above bits, the S1 Pro also has a well-cushioned and spacious seat. It makes commuting and strolling around town in traffic a cakewalk. Even the boot space is enough to stow most of my riding gear (sans the full-face helmet) and the charger. Grocery shopping is pretty convenient, too, if you ask. But there are flaws with the boot’s lock/unlock mechanism, which are addressed later in this report.
Along with the mechanical bits, the Ola scooter’s feature list makes the user experience merrier. It gets riding modes (eco, normal, sport and hyper), reverse mode, cruise control, navigation, music playback, and smartphone connectivity for remote access.
Speaking of the riding modes, the S1 Pro leaves you in awe when ridden in Hyper mode. It clocks triple-digit speeds within a matter of seconds. Other features like the navigation also come in quite handy. Locating destinations on the Ola scooter is fairly easy. That said, it takes time to re-route when you take a path against the system’s suggestion.
To access other features like remote lock/unlock and music playback, you need to pair your phone with the Ola scooter. Once done, the Ola Electric app displays a decent amount of information on your phone. You can also play music on the scooter’s speakers; however, the sound quality is anything but premium.
Another bit that makes the S1 Pro convenient to use is its BMS (Battery Management System). It allows you to leave the charger plugged in even after the battery is fully charged. The app also prompts a notification on the registered phone for the same. But unlike the Ather 450X, the S1 Pro’s charger cannot be locked, making it prone to theft.