Ola Electric starts upgrading the front fork of its electric scooters.
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Ola Electric starts upgrading the front fork of its electric scooters.

The original front fork had a 75% safety margin over and above compared to conventional twin-fork systems, and with the new design, Ola Electric has increased the safety margin to 250%.

Ola Electric, the Indian electric scooter manufacturer, has begun upgrading the front fork of its existing customers’ electric scooters. This move follows last week’s announcement by Ola that it would provide a free upgrade to the front fork design of its S1 electric scooter for those who have already purchased it. The company has improved the front fork design to enhance its durability and strength, thereby increasing the safety of its customers.

Reports had surfaced earlier of the front fork arms of the S1 electric scooter breaking while in use, causing concern among customers and potential buyers. The company stated that it had recorded 218 failures out of more than 200,000 vehicles on the road and more than 700 million kilometers driven. Of these, 184 were accident cases, and 34 were inconclusive or not accident-linked.

Ola Electric responded by re-engineering the front suspension in response to the concerns raised by customers. The company completed the tooling, testing, and validation process by December 2022 and put it into production by January 2023. The upgraded front fork has now begun to be installed for existing customers who own the S1 electric scooter.

The original part had a 75% safety margin over and above compared to conventional twin-fork systems. With the new design, the safety margin has been increased to 250%, which means that it is significantly more robust and sturdy than the previous design.

Ola Electric’s move to upgrade the front fork design for existing customers is a positive step towards ensuring the safety of its riders. By investing in new and improved designs, Ola Electric is working towards making its electric scooters safer, more reliable, and more attractive to potential buyers.

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