Ola Electric Scooters Clock INR 600 Cr Worth Sale On Day 1, Breaks Record: Founder
While the startup did not reveal the number of electric scooters sold, it must be around 55K-60K, as Ola Electric has launched the S1 scooter at an ex-showroom price of INR 1 Lakh and its top variant S1 Pro at INR 1.3 Lakh
The Ola founder claimed in a tweet that the Day 1 sale has broken the record of the entire two-wheeler (2W) industry sale per day put together
The startup has said it had been receiving orders for 4 scooters per second at peak and the deliveries will begin in October
Ola Electric Scooter launch was a testament to the hype created in the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem in the country, and Ola founder Bhavish Aggarwal took to
India is committing to EVs and rejecting petrol! We sold 4 scooters/sec at peak & sold scooters worth 600Cr+ in a day! Today is the last day, purchase will shut at midnight. So lock in this introductory price and buy on the Ola app before we sell out! https://t.co/TeNiMPEeWX pic.twitter.com/qZtIWgSvaN— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) September 16, 2021
to announce that the sale crossed worth INR 600 Cr on Day 1 with introductory offers. He claimed in the tweet (challenging "those in the industry who feel EV revolution is not real") that the Day 1 sale has broken the record of the entire two-wheeler (2W) industry sale per day put together.
While the startup did not reveal the number of e-scooters sold, it must be around 55K-60K considering that Ola Electric announced its S1 at an ex-showroom price of INR 1 Lakh and its top variant S1 Pro at INR 1.3 Lakh. The prices would also vary depending on the state a customer is purchasing in, depending on subsidies on offer.
The sale was to go live on September 8 at 6 PM, and when Indians jumped on the website to buy Ola Electric scooters, the portal crashed. Taking to , Aggarwal had apologised for the crashing of the website. He claimed that the website was "just not up to the expectation of quality" and the team had many technical difficulties in making its website live for the purchase.
As the website came alive yesterday (September 15), Aggarwal, calling the moment an "Era of EV", confirmed that the startup had been receiving orders for 4 scooters per second at peak and the deliveries will begin in October.
"Yesterday also established that with the right product, India has huge pent up demand and a massive domestic market for 2W EVs. We must leverage this to drive innovation, a robust local EV ecosystem and make India not only a big EV market but also a global EV manufacturing hub!" he had said in a blog post.
While the S1 variant gets a range of 121 KM in a single charge, the top model will be able to cover 181 KM in a single charge. Ola S1 will be powered by a 2.95 kWh lithium-ion battery and the S1 Pro will rock a 3.97 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The company has confirmed that both these batteries will come with a three-year unlimited-KM warranty. Both the scooters sport a 7-inch touchscreen display and come in 10 colours options.
Ola Electric scooters will compete against the likes of another Bengaluru-based electric scooter manufacturer Ather, Revolt, Hero, TVS, among others. Further, reports suggest that one of India's oldest 2W manufacturers LML (Lohia Machines Private Limited) once known for its kickstart scooters, especially LML Vespa, will now also enter the EV market.
As per an Inc42 Data Plus report, the market share of EV commercial vehicles is expected to be $20 Bn by 2030. The report highlights that the country is expected to touch 28 Mn units by 2030.
At present, the two-wheeler segment dominates the Indian EV market. According to the consultancy McKinsey, the Indian EV 2W market would hit 4.5 million-5 million by 2025, accounting for 25%-30% of the total market, and nine million by 2030.