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Ola S1 Pro vs Simple One: Specs Compared


Here’s how the two new ‘revolutionary’ scooters fare against each other on paper

On the 75th Independence Day, the electric scooter space in India was shaken by the launch of two new electric scooters: the Ola S1 Pro and the Simple One. While both are miles ahead of the existing e-scooters, they’re pretty closely matched on paper. But which one prevails over the other? Here’s a spec comparo telling you exactly that.

Engine

Specifications

Ola S1 Pro

Simple One

Motor

Mid-drive

PMSM

Peak Power

8.5kW

7kW

Battery Capacity

3.97kW

4.8kW

Charging Time

6.5 hr (0-100%)

2.75 hr (Fixed battery, 0-80%)

75 minutes (portable battery, 0-80%)

Range 

181km

236km

Torque

58Nm

72Nm

0-40kmph

3 seconds

2.95 seconds

Top Speed

115kmph

105kmph

The USP of both, the Ola S1 Pro and the Simple Energy One, are their mechanicals. Between the two, the Simple One has a much better claimed range and it’s even marginally quicker to 40kmph than the S1 Pro. The Simple’s massive range is thanks to its twin battery setup with one fixed and one removable unit. The former takes 2.75 hours while the latter takes 75 minutes to charge to 80 percent -- significantly shorter than Ola's claimed charging time.

The Ola S1 Pro proudly bears the tag of the ‘most powerful e-scooter’ with its 8.5kW motor that can propel it to 115kmph, 10kmph more than the Simple’s top speed, making it the fastest electric scooter in India. Its claimed 181km range isn’t shabby either, making it the most efficient premium e-scooter after the Simple One. 

Underpinnings

Specifications

Ola S1 Pro

Simple One

Frame

Tubular

Tubular

Front suspension

Single telescopic fork

Twin telescopic forks

Rear suspension

Monoshock

Monoshock

Front brake

Disc

Disc

Rear brake

Disc

Disc

Front tyre

110/70-12

90/90-12

Rear tyre

110/70-12

90/90-12

Simple one design

Both scooters are closely matched here with a tubular chassis, telescopic suspension up front, monoshock at the rear, and single disc brakes at both ends. 

The difference, however, is that the Ola S1 Pro’s front suspension comprises only one arm while the Simple One has two, which should help it handle big bumps better. 

The Ola rides on wider 110-section tyres, enhancing stability in straight lines and corners. Simple Energy has also claimed it’ll offer wider tyres for the One but when that happens and whether it’ll be for extra money remains to be seen. 

Dimensions

Specifications

Ola S1 Pro

Simple One

Wheelbase

1,359mm

1,300mm

Ground clearance

165mm

160mm

Boot Space

36-litres

30-litres

Seat height

792mm

775mm

Kerb weight

125kg

110kg

Once again, both scooters come with their own positives and negatives. On one hand, the Ola S1 Pro has 5mm more ground clearance and 6-litres more boot space than the Simple One, making it better for carrying stuff and riding over bumpy stretches.

On the other hand, the Simple One weighs a massive 15kg less and has a 17mm lower seat height than the S1 Pro, which should make it easier to manoeuver and more suitable for shorter rides. The Simple electric scooter even has a 60mm shorter wheelbase, which should make it more agile between the two. Of course, you will have to wait for our test ride reviews for a concrete answer. 

Features

 

Ola S1 Pro

Simple One

TFT Instrument Cluster

Yes

Yes

Smartphone Connectivity

Yes

Yes

LED Illumination

Yes

Yes

Fast Charging

Yes

Yes

CBS

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

No

Hill Hold

Yes

No

Take Me Home Lights

Yes

No

Digital Documents Storage

No

Yes

Tyre Pressure Management System

No

Yes

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There’s no shortage of features on these modern electric scooters.  Both come with TFT instrumentation, smartphone connectivity, LED lighting, CBS, and fast charging. 

However, the Simple One’s TFT lets you store digital documents and shows tyre pressure, which is missing on the S1 Pro. That being said, the S1 Pro gets premium features such as cruise control, hill hold control, ‘take me home’ lights as well as remote start/stop and lock/unlock, giving it an edge over the Simple One. 

If we were to choose one, we’d pick the Ola S1 Pro based on the features.

Price & Verdict

Ola S1 Pro

Simple One

Rs 1,29,999

Rs 1,09,999

(all prices ex-showroom Bengaluru)*

This is where the Simple One takes the cake. At Rs 1,09,999, the One undercuts the Ola S1 Pro by a crucial Rs 20,000, making it better value for money. The Ola S1 Pro has its own set of merits too which make it an excellent prospect in the market. But for now, we’d much rather pick the Simple One and put that extra Rs 20,000 towards riding gear. Stay tuned for a proper comparo once we take the two for a spin.

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