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Ola S1 Vs TVS iQube S: Which Electric Scooter Should You Buy?

Ola Electric has recently launched its entry-level S1 scooter in India. It is slightly different from the S1 launched by Ola last year. Priced at Rs 99,999 (ex-showroom, including FAME II subsidy), the Ola S1 takes on the likes of the TVS iQube S variant that retails for Rs 108,690 (on-road Delhi, including FAME II & state subsidies). So which electric scooter offers the better value and which one should you buy? Let’s find out: –

Ola S1 Vs TVS iQube S: Dimensions

2022 TVS iQube ST variants
2022 TVS iQube
Ola S1TVS iQube S
Length1859mm1805mm
Width712mm645mm
Height1160mm1140mm
Wheelbase1359mm1301mm
Ground Clearance165mm157mm
Seat Height792mm770mm
Curb Weight121kg118kg
Boot Space36L17L
Ola S1 vs TVS iQube S: Dimensions (Size)

TVS iQube has the lowest weight and shortest saddle height, making it the most short-rider friendly. On the other hand, the Ola S1 Pro is the longest and tallest amongst the two and offers bigger boot space to carry your daily essentials.

Ola S1 Vs TVS iQube S: Underpinnings

Ola S1TVS iQube
Front Brake TypeDiscDisc
Rear Brake TypeDiscDrum
Front SuspensionSingle Fork TelescopicTelescopic 
Rear SuspensionMonoshockAdjustable hydraulic twin tube shock absorber
Tyre Size110/70-1290/90-12
Ola S1 Vs TVS iQube S: Suspension, braking and wheels

Both the electric scooters ride on 12-inch wheels; however, the Ola S1 has wider section tires, thus, it should provide road grip. For anchoring, the Ola S1 gets disc brakes at both ends, whereas the TVS iQube has a disc brake at the front and drum brakes at the rear.

Also, it is worth mentioning that the TVS iQube S features the cost-effective twin tube shock absorbs at the rear which soaks bumps slightly better than the monoshock, thus delivering a supple ride. However, Ola’s monoshock is meant to provide better handling & stability.

Ola S1 Colors and specifications

Ola S1 Vs TVS iQube S: Specifications & Performance Comparison

 Ola S1TVS iQube S
Battery Capacity3kWh4.56kWh (usable capacity 3.04kWh)
Motor TypeMid Drive IPMBLDC hub-mounted
Peak Power8.5kW (11.55hp)4.4kW (5.98hp)
Rated Power5.5kW (7.47hp)3kW (4.07hp)
Rated Torque58Nm33Nm
Riding ModesEco, Normal & SportsEco & Power
0-40kmph3.8 seconds4.2 seconds
Top Speed95kmph78kmph
Claimed True Range 128km (Eco mode)
101km (Normal mode)
90km (Sports mode)
100km (Eco mode)
75km (Power mode)
Gradeability15 degree10 degree
Home Charging Time5 hrs (100%)4 hrs 30 min (0-80% via 650W)
2 hrs 50 min (950W)
Ola S1 Vs S1 Pro: Specification & Performance Comparison

On paper, the Ola S1 looks better than the TVS iQube’s mid-spec S variant. It offers a better range in all riding modes and faster acceleration. It also has more satisfactory motor output, helping it to accelerate from standstill to 40kmph in just 3.8 seconds, making it 0.4 seconds faster than the iQube S.

Also, Ola S1 has better gradeability and a claimed top speed of 95kmph, 17kmph more than the TVS iQube S.

Must Read: Ola Electric Developed Its First Li-ion Battery cell!

Ola S1 Vs TVS iQube S: Features

Ola S1 vs TVS iQube S features comparison
Ola S1TVS iQube S
Connected Technology
On-Board Navigation✅(via mobile app)
Incoming Call Alert
Geo-Fencing Yes
Physical Key
Keyless Access
Remote Lock / Unlock
OTA UpdatesYes
Drivers Display7-inch touchscreen7-inch non-touchscreen
Day/Night Mode For Instrument Cluster✅ (manual)✅ (automatic)
Music Control
In-Built Speakers
Regenerative Braking
Riding Modes
Lighting System TypeFull LEDFull LED
Reverse Mode
USB Mobile Charging Socket
Cruise Control❌ (only on S1 Pro)Under Development
TPMSUnder Development
Incognito Mode
Ola S1 Vs TVS iQube S: Comfort & Convenience Features

Both the e-scooters are pretty well loaded and have their own unique traits. While the inbuilt speakers and keyless access functionality of Ola S1 could tempt young buyers, the physical key access in TVS iQube is still more convenient in my opinion.

Also Read: Ola S1 Pro To Get Another OTA Update By Diwali 2022; Features List Revealed

Author’s Take

On paper, the Ola S1 offers a lot more than the TVS iQube S variant. Nevertheless, we can’t deny the fact that many Ola S1 Pro users have faced various software-related issues, thus hindering their user experience. Read out our detailed ride review here for more details.