Ola Electric reveals the engineering behind S1 and debunks fake narratives being spread.
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Ola Electric reveals the engineering behind S1 and debunks fake narratives being spread.

Ola Electric shared a blog post to reveal the safety tests the scooters go through. The company also shared information about the front fork issue.

Ola Electric, a leading electric scooter manufacturer in India, has recently addressed concerns regarding the safety of its products. In response to a campaign against the company, Ola has released a technical blog post detailing the engineering behind their scooters, as well as dispelling myths and fake narratives.

According to Ola Electric, their products have disrupted the traditional automotive industry by bringing more than 50% of the value of their products in-house, offering world-class features, and having a direct relationship with their customers. However, this has led to criticism from detractors and a non-stop effort to throw mud at the company for the last 1.5 years.

In the blog post, Ola Electric addressed the engineering and safety of their electric scooter, the Ola S1. The company acquired a European company called Etergo, which had already manufactured a world-class scooter that was rigorously tested under European standards.

Ola Electric then fully re-engineered the scooter to be the best-suited for India. The company underwent a rigorous process of engineering, testing, validation, and homologation at three levels: digital simulations, component tests and vehicular lab tests, and vehicular field tests.

Ola Electric also stated that they are one of the most advanced OEMs in using digital tools, which enables them to bring products to market faster without compromising quality. They have tested over 200 components and 5000 data points across functional, environmental, mechanical, structural, electrical, and safety tests. Furthermore, they have done all tests required by a two-wheeler company and have done many tests in “Indian conditions” to stress-test the system for India and ensure it is the most rugged.

Regarding the front fork issue, the company reported that they had 218 failures out of more than 200,000 vehicles on the road and more than 700 million kilometers driven. Out of these, 184 were accident cases, and 34 were inconclusive or not accident-linked. This number is low enough by any automotive standard not to address, but Ola Electric decided to re-engineer the front fork in response.

They completed the tooling, testing, and validation process by December 2022 and put it into production by January 2023. The company’s original part had a 75% safety margin over and above compared to conventional twin-fork systems, and with the new design, they increased this margin to 250%.

In the end, Ola Electric urged people to look at the facts and stated that they have addressed concerns head-on, re-engineering their products and upgrading them in response to issues. The company has tested its products rigorously to ensure that they are safe for Indian conditions and bring world-class features to their customers ahead of the curve.

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