Ola Electric sells 111 S1, S1 Pro scooters in December, says FADA
Ola Electric has reportedly delivered 111 S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters till December 30. Vinkesh Gulati, President of Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) took to Twitter and pointed to data from the Centre's vahaan portal. Ola Electric has not come out with a data on its deliveries yet but did issue a statement on Monday evening and the same has been incorporated towards the end of this report.
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According to data that Gulati had shared on Twitter shows that Ola Electric mostly delivered its S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters in Karnataka and its home-base Tamil Nadu. Out of the 111 electric scooters delivered, 60 of them were in Karnataka and 25 in Tamil Nadu. Maharashtra and Rajasthan are the only two other states to register Ola Electric scooters last month with 15 and 11 units respectively.
Ola Electric had claimed it had received around 90,000 bookings for its e-scooters. The EV maker, which launched the e-scooters in August last year, started delivery on December 15.
On Friday of the last week, Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Ola Electric, had said that the company had dispatched all units of the first batch of S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters. He said, "Some in transit, most already at delivery centres near you getting through RTO registration process. The registration process took longer than we anticipated as a fully digital process is new for all." Aggarwal had also assured that ‘Will be faster with registration in future’.
Ola Electric had launched its e-scooters S1 and S1 Pro on August 15 last year. While the S1 electric scooter is priced at ₹1 lakh, the S1 Pro variant comes for ₹1.30 lakh (ex showroom, before state subsidies). The S1 e-scooter claims to cover 121 kms on a single charge. The more-expensive S1 Pro brags of going around 180 kms before needing a recharge.
Ola Electric had to wait nearly four months before they could start deliveries of the electric scooters. The delay of almost four months after the much-anticipated models were launched, was attributed to supply issues which have put every auto manufacturer falling short of demands in recent times.
Ola Electric response:
Arun Sirdeshmukh, Chief Business Officer at Ola Electric, issued the following response on Monday evening. “The Ola S1 Pro is the best scooter on the market with the best design, best technology and the absolute best performance. We’ve shipped almost 4,000 scooters in Dec for customer deliveries across cities," he said. “Every Ola scooter is built to the highest quality standards to provide the best ownership experience in the category. Ownership feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and customers absolutely love the product, the doorstep delivery as well as the industry first ‘service at home’ experience which allows us to address and resolve any issue or query swiftly at their doorstep. Every customer is important to us and we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. We have re-imagined not only the product experience with our S1 but also the ownership experience with our industry first direct-to-customer approach, with every customer having a dedicated brand champion to ensure we are always close to our customer as we scale up our deliveries across the country/"