The recent round of criticism that has been surrounding the electric scooters just seems to be never ending , As in a recent report another unsatisfied customer set forth his Ola S1 pro on fire by throwing petrol on to it. The video has been shared over the internet by Sun News and it seems to have already taken up the internet pretty fast.
Dr prithvi Raj who is the owner who did so was unhappy and unsatisfied with the scooter from day one, according to his opinion he bought the scooter three months ago and there have been faults in the scooter that irked him since day one.
Dr. Prithviraj called Ola Electrics customer care help and they did send a technician to take a look at the scooter. Ola Electric did not find any issue with the scooter. Dr. Prithviraj says the range of the S1 Pro is unpredictable and inconsistent.
One day, his scooter gave up working after just 44 km near the Ambur bypass road, Tamil Nadu, which made him furious. Then, he set his scooter on fire by pouring a bottle of petrol on it. We can see the scooter burning in the video. For reference, Ola Electric claims a riding range of 181 km and a true range of 135 km.
People have reported erratic riding range from the S1 Pro. The scooter’s range on the digital display would drop suddenly after 10 to 15 percent. Some people have been able to achieve around 125 km which is quite close to what Ola claims. Whereas, other people have not been able to get more than 100 km.
The Electric Range
The range just like the kmpl of a petrol car or bike depends upon a myriad of factors such as the weight of the rider, whether you are driving with a pillion or not, in case of uphill ascent the range might drop and aggressive riding can affect the range as well.
There have been other issues as well that people are facing. Many scooters are being delivered with uneven panel gaps. There are screeching noises, headlamp issues, scooter going in the wrong direction and getting stuck in reverse due to a glitch etc. An Ola S1 Pro caught fire recently and the company has launched an investigation into it. Moreover, Ola Electric has also recalled 1,441 units of S1 Pro electric scooters that belong to the same batch as the scooter that caught fire.
Electric vehicles to never be put on fire
No matter how unsatisfied you are with a EV never ever set them on fire ,a cycle combustion in a EV can last for way longer than you can imagine and it would be every bit hazardous as the exploding battery packs are. In contact of extreme heat every individual cell catches fire and bursts, causing a fire that is self sufficient for few hours also trying to extinguish with water as is the trend in India can lead to electrocution. Don’t ever put them on fire though. Another jilted customer recently got his Ola pulled along with the help of a donkey to denote shame upon the scooter.
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