Ola Electric has been facing a lot of criticism from both the customers and potential buyers due to various reasons. The biggest among them is the delay in delivery despite initial production claims. Other issues include production defects including both hardware and software issues. However, the problem that cast a lot of negative light to Ola Electric was the recent fire incident in the Ola S1 Pro electric scooter. A parked Ola scooter suddenly went up in flames due to a possible thermal runaway igniting debate over EV safety.
Despite all these issues, Ola Electric has managed to turn the tide in its favor by becoming the second largest electric scooter manufacturer in the country. According to the numbers shared by FADA (Federation of Automobile Dealers Association), Ola Electric saw the fastest growth in EV sales in March 2022.
Last month, Ola Electric managed to sell 9,127 electric scooters, an increase of 234 per cent as compared to February 2022, when Ola sold only 3,907 vehicles. Since the Ola S1 Pro was launched recently, the year-on-year sales figures are not applicable. This also means that Ola has outperformed its direct rival Ather Energy by a huge margin.
The Ola S1 Pro is priced at Rs 1,29,999 and is powered by a 3.97 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers an 8.5 kW motor, which churns out 58 Nm of torque and pushes the scooter to a top speed of 115 km/h. Is. Ola claims that it has a maximum riding range of 181 km (though they clarified the actual range later) and has a charging time of six and a half hours using the 750W portable charger supplied with the scooter.
In total sales, Hero Electric topped the list with 13,023 scooters sold in March as against 7,360 units sold in February 2022. Okinawa Autotech stood at the fourth position with sales of 8,284 units in March 2022, followed by Ampere with sales of 6,338 units. TVS Motor Company has snatched the fifth position with sales of 2,267 units.