Ola S1 Pro review with moveOS 2 update: A glimpse into the future

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Ola S1 Pro was launched amidst much fanfare. Something that we haven’t really seen for any electric vehicle in the country. The Ola brand name certainly helped but the primary reason for the entire market and the industry to stand out was because of the list of promises made during the launch. A feature set that you have rarely seen in cars. The list was mostly unordered until the rollout of MoveOS 2. It was running at half capacity almost like Ola S1 Pro. But will MoveOS 2 really make such a big difference? let’s find out.

eco mode

The biggest feature introduced with the Ola S1 Pro MoveOS 2 update was the new Eco Mode. It comes in addition to the existing three driving modes which are Normal, Sport and Hyper. Eco Mode is the least powerful of the four modes but it’s a big concern for Ola S1 Pro buyers: range. The company claims a perfect range of 170 km in Eco mode. This is a huge jump from the previous maximum of True Range of over 135 km in normal mode.

The Ola S1 Pro Eco Mode extends the battery range to around 25-30km in our experience as well. This extra range can make a huge difference. You will charge the scooter very little. But what are we trading for the extra range? There is a noticeable drop in acceleration, with throttle response also sluggish compared to normal mode. And the top speed is capped at 41 kmph. This mode is a boon for slow moving traffic and congested areas. But more often than not, I ended up switching to normal and sport modes for the sake of stationary traffic, especially to overtake other vehicles. However, I wouldn’t write it off as a flaw. Eco Mode could easily become the default setting for many riders who travel relatively long distances without the luxury of wide and open roads.

ola electric app

Ola riders have been demanding a dedicated Ola Electric app ever since its launch and the company has finally delivered. The Ola Electric app can now act as your scooter key. To be clear, you never needed a scooter key before the MoveOS 2 update. However, there is an added ease in unlocking and locking your scooter through the application. To gain access to this feature, Ola has opted for Bluetooth connectivity instead of relying on the internet. You can also control the music through the app. We’ll talk about the speakers later.

The app layout is very simple. There are three tabs. In the first tab you can check the connectivity status of the scooter, overall range available, lock/unlock button, trunk open/close button and other basic information about the software. In the second tab, you will get to see the battery percentage, the range available in each of the four modes, the total distance traveled and other information about the scooter. You can also access manual through this tab. The third tab will let you connect with vehicle support when you need technical support.

cruise control

The Ola S1 Pro is one of the very few two-wheelers to support this feature. To access the cruise control, the company has given a button which also acts as the reverse mode button. The only difference is that to use it, you have to walk at a speed of 20-80 kmph. Coming to the practicality of this feature. Being on highways and expressways is a good option. You can easily maintain the speed and also achieve the desired range without modifying the throttle yourself. In a city, the real home of scooters, this feature really won’t come in handy as often as it is. The cruise control feature will be deactivated as soon as you apply the brakes or as soon as the regen brake is applied. In simple words, this is a nice feature, but it should not be a deal-maker or deal-breaker for buyers.

Guidance

Ola S1 Pro has finally introduced the navigation feature which is surely going to be a real help to the riders. It solves a major challenge for riders on two wheelers. The navigation screen is easy to reach. To access this feature all you need to do is swipe left from the home screen. However, you cannot start navigation once it is running. The map has been presented in association with MaymyIndia. You don’t need internet to access maps, but to get live traffic updates, it will need to be connected.

The instructions are clear and legible but the OS is still a bit messy as it loses the GPS signal at times. This may be due to network connectivity or an OS-level bug. This is undoubtedly the most practical feature added on Ola S1 Po after the moveOS 2 update.

speakers

From the most practical to the most unnecessary but flamboyant feature. The Ola S1 Pro’s loudspeakers are great for parlor walks, but I wasn’t used to listening to music or taking calls. The sound is very loud but in a lot of noise, it is difficult to focus on music or calls. The speakers are a welcome addition and there may be a group of riders who will be able to use them.

Decision

The Ola S1 Pro is a fun scooter to ride and show off even more after the latest update. MoveOS 2 makes the Ola S1 Pro the better buy in terms of features. There is no product in the market that offers such a range as well as the look to go with it. The features just take the appeal up a notch. However, the build quality concern still remains and it could eventually become an Achilles heel for the S1 Pro. Ola needs to work on the general build quality of the scooter to give buyers years of assurance.

There is no denying that this electric scooter has not only made electric powertrain more trendy but it also shows the true potential of future scooters.

Ola S1 Pro with MoveOS 2 update after review: A glimpse of the future first appeared on BGR India.



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