Ola S1 Air vs Ola S1: What are you missing with Ola’s cheaper EV?


Ola S1 Air vs Ola S1: Take a look at all the differences between these scooters, see what the Air skips.

Ola S1 Air has been officially announced and the prices are tempting. At a price of Rs. 84,999 for the base variant, the Ola S1 Air is up against the Honda Activa, which is the most popular petrol scooter in the country. So it might be tempting for many buyers in the country to opt for the Ola S1 Air over any similarly priced gas scooter in the country. The question, however, that many ask themselves is this: what is the difference between the Ola S1 Air and the Ola S1?

The Ola S1 was announced in August 2022 as an affordable variant of the Ola S1 Pro electric scooter. The Ola S1 was launched at a price of Rs. 99,999, and for many willing to spend around Rs. 1 lakh on a scooter makes sense too. So you might be wondering if you should settle for the base model Ola S1 Air or spend a bit more and get the Ola S1.

We take a quick look at the basic specifications of these scooters and here’s what you need to know.

Wave S1 Air vs. Wave S1


The Ola S1 Air looks visually different than the Ola S1. The Ola S1 Air has two-tone paint with black plastics, steel rims, a flat floor, and narrow-section tires. The S1 Air also has steel handles instead of the Ola S1’s aluminum handles. The Ola S1 looks better with full body color panels and alloy wheels.

Battery and autonomy:

The Ola S1 Air can reach a top speed of 90 km/h and has a proven range of 101 km. The S1 Air can accelerate from 0 to 40 km/h in 4.5 seconds. It uses a 4.5 kW motor and is assisted by a 2.5 kWh battery.

The Ola S1 can reach a top speed of 95 km/h and has a proven range of 141 km. The S1 can do 0-40 kmph in 3.8 seconds. There is an 8.5 kW motor that is assisted by a 2.97 kWh battery.

Loading time:

The Ola S1 Air comes with a 500W charger that can fully charge the scooter in 4.5 hours. The Ola S1, on the other hand, comes with a 750W charger and takes 5 hours to fully charge the battery.

Smart features:

Both the Ola S1 and Ola S1 Air feature the same 7-inch touchscreen with Android-based software called Move OS. Both will be updated to Move OS 3 soon. Both scooters get the basic features like navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, two riding modes, reverse mode, OTA updates, remote start unlock and more. Unfortunately cruise control and Hyper mode are lost.

Mechanical characteristics:

The Ola S1 Air has narrower section 90/90 tires with 12-inch steel rims, drum brakes with software-based combined braking system, double-wishbone front suspension and dual-shock rear suspension, a curb weight of 99 Kg and 34 liters of boot space.

The Ola S1 has wider rims with a 110/70 section with 12-inch wheels, disc brakes, single shock absorber rear suspension and simple front suspension, a curb weight of 121 Kg and a 36-liter trunk.


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