The Simple One e-scooter recently returned to the Indian electric two-wheeler market. It boasts some high range and power figures, putting it in the same league as the Ola S1 Pro, TVS iQube S, and more. Let’s take a look at how the new Simple Energy e-scooter fairs against the Ola S1 Pro.
The two EVs have fairly distinct characters in terms of design and bodywork. The Simple One looks quite aggressive and youthful with its pointed front end and sharp side panels. Its demeanor is quite sporty and the cuts and creases on the entire bodywork ensure the same.
On the other hand, the Ola S1 Pro looks futuristic with its curvy bodywork and geeky fascia. The scooter gets twin LED projector lights with an LED DRL around, similar to a bezel. Even its side profile comprises large panels with a flowing design.
However, the Simple One’s floorboard is flat and allows you to store only a bag or a small box, whereas the S1 Pro’s spine limits the utility of that area. On the bright side, the Ola S1 Pro gets 36-litres of under-seat storage as against the One’s 30-litres.
Both scooters come loaded with features like LED illumination, a TFT touchscreen display, riding modes, smartphone connectivity, document storage, navigation, and OTA. But the Ola S1 Pro gets speakers in its apron, which can play music as well as faux exhaust notes from the riding moods offered on the scooter.
Motor and Battery
Simple Energy has powered the One with a 4.5kW motor linked to a 5kWh battery. It’s said to get a top speed of 105kmph and a total range of 212km. The battery setup consists of a fixed and removable unit. That said, Simple Energy is yet to share the individual range from the two battery units. On the other hand, the OlaS1 Pro draws power from a 4kWh battery mated to a 5.5kW motor. It gets a top speed of 116kmph and a range of 135km.
The two scooters get a completely different suspension setup. The Simple One rides on telescopic front forks and a vertically stacked monoshock, whereas the Ola S1 Pro gets a monoshock at both ends. A single front and rear disc does braking duties on both scooters and is complemented by CBS and regenerative braking.
Simple Energy has priced the One at Rs. 1,45,000 and Rs. 1,58,000 (both ex-showroom, Bengaluru) with a 750W charger. The Ola S1 Pro retails at Rs. 1,24,999 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru). There’s a notable price difference currently in both scooters.
However, the Ola S1 Pro offers better top speed and features, whereas the Simple One gets more range. Overall, the competition is quite even on paper.