Ola electric scooter snapped in India for the first time

The Ola electric scooter has appeared in India for the first time. New spy shots from autocarindia.com show the first Ola EV in India being tested on the road.

Spy pictures give front and side views of the Ola electric scooter. The first Ola EV looks identical to the Etergo AppScooter, from which it is derived. The prototype doesn’t feature rearview mirrors, but maybe that’s because it is tested in private premises. It has the same single telescopic suspension, seat, apron and headlamp as the European electric scooter.

Ola electric scooter side profile spy shot
The Ola electric scooter will rival the Bajaj Chetak, the TVS iQube and the Ather 450 Plus. Here it looks like it is the company’s CEO Bhavish Aggarwal himself who is having a go in a prototype.

Ola Electric had acquired Dutch electric mobility company Etergo in May last year, and so, it doesn’t need to develop an electric scooter from scratch. A high level of localisation is expected on the Ola Electric Scooter to keep the price affordable. Ola will manufacture it at the world’s largest scooter plant, which it plans to build with an investment of INR 2,400 crores in Tamil Nadu. The first Ola factory will have an annual production capacity of two million vehicles and will build a portfolio of electric vehicles.

In Netherlands, the Etergo AppScooter can be configured with up to three battery modules, each with a capacity of 1.2 kWh. The single module configuration gives a range of 80 km, the twin-module configuration can go up 160 km on a full charge and when the battery bays are full it can continue further up to 240 km. These configurations come with 2 kW, 4 kW and 7 kW motors, respectively.

Etergo AppScooter
The Ola electric scooter will be derived from the Etergo AppScooter and is expected to launch in the coming weeks. Image Source: etergo.com

The top-speed of the Etergo AppScooter is 50 km/h in the base variant, 70 km/h in the mid-range variant, and 95 km/h in the top-end variant. According to Etergo’s online listing on Facebook, the AppScooter costs EUR 3,399 (INR 3.0 lakh) in the base variant, EUR 4,297 (INR 3.8 lakh) in the mid-range variant and EUR 5,246 (INR 4.6 lakh) in the top-end variant.

The Ola electric scooter would need to be priced at not more than around INR 1 lakh (ex-showroom) to be competitive. Expect some specifications to be different from the donor model. Also adapted would be the technology features, with the Indian model getting Ola Play connected vehicle platform and NavIC GPS.