The Indian market for electric vehicles is constantly evolving at an impressive pace. Due to this, they have established their respective audiences. The Tata Nexon EV has taken the top spot, while the Ola S1 has done the same in their respective markets. Yes, the S1 is among the bestselling Ola scooters in the country.
Due to the lack of infrastructure in the country, buyers are still hesitant to purchase an EV. However, if you want to buy an EV, then it’s best to drive around the urban city. Yes, there are vehicles with an impressive range with which you can travel interstate, but they demand a hefty amount. In this comparison, the Hero VIDA V1 is the cheapest, while the Ather 450X, third generation, is the priciest. But one thing is clear: all three EV scooters cater to different audiences with different budgets. So, let’s begin weighing these three scooters and see how they stack up against each other. Let’s proceed, then!
Battery Packs And Their Ranges
As per sources on the web, the Hero VIDA V1 has a range of 165 km, making it better than the other two. It has the second-highest battery capacity of 3.94 kWh after the Ola S1 Pro’s battery capacity of 3.97 kWh. Yet the Ola S1 Pro’s price in Delhi is on the higher side, but given its range, it is respectable.
Yes, the Ather 450X third-generation has the lowest rating at 3.7 kWh. All the batteries in these scooters contain lithium-ion.
But let’s talk about the specifications of these EV scooters in an orderly manner.
The Ola S1 Pro is the cheapest EV scooter among the three. As mentioned before, it has a battery capacity of 3.97 kWh, which churns out a maximum power of 8500 W with 58 Nm of torque. It has an estimated range of 135 kilometres.
As for the Ather 450X Gen 3, it carries a battery capacity of 3.97 kWh, making it the highest among the three. It has a maximum power of 6000 W and a peak torque of 26 Nm. It has the second-highest range, rated at 146 kilometres. That said, the Ather 450X’s price is also the second highest.
The last counterpart is the Hero VIDA V1. It boasts a battery pack of 3.94 kWh, the lowest among the three.
This homegrown EV scooter delivers a maximum power of 6000 W and a maximum torque of 25 Nm. The VIDA V1 Pro variant has a range of 165 kilometres.
That makes this EV bike have the highest range in this comparison.
All these EV bikes come with a standard automatic transmission. It is also worth mentioning that the given ranges of those three EVs are indicative figures, which may vary as per local traffic conditions and individuals’ driving styles.
In addition, all three EV scooters support fast-charging facilities.
Besides that, the replenishing times of the Hero VIDA V1 and the Ola S1 Pro are more or less the same, unlike the Ather 450X. The Ather takes the least time: 5.4 hours for a full charge with a normal charger. However, the Ola S1 Pro and Hero VIDA V1 take 6-7 hours to replenish from the same type of charger. It’s pretty clear that the buyers want the best range, and the Hero VIDA V1 makes a perfect choice for those buyers. You can check the Vida V1 price and compare it with rivals on autoX. Now, let’s move on to their features.
All three homegrown EV scooters have a nearly identical feature list. Please note that the below-mentioned features are from their top models. For starters, let’s talk about their common offerings. They include a parking assist, a digital touchscreen instrument cluster, regenerative braking, reverse mode, etc. Further, they comprise mobile app connectivity, GPS & navigation, an anti-theft system, a start/stop button, and a low battery indicator, to name a few. Despite its high price, the Hero VIDA V1 is one of the most popular Hero bikes in the EV portfolio.
Aside from that, these three scooters feature all-LED lighting. And like other two-wheelers, these three scooters also get a pass light.
Other identical features include three basic riding modes (Normal/ Sports/ Eco). However, the Hero Vida V1 Pro and the Ather 450x Gen 3 have an additional ‘Custom’ mode.
Moreover, there are a few features that are exclusive to them. Only the Ola S1 Pro and the third generation of the Ather 450X have a central locking system and a Stand alarm.
As for the hill assist, only the Vida V1 and the Ola S1 get it. Another thing that sets the Ola S1 Pro apart from its counterparts is its artificial sound for an enhanced riding experience. Sound effects are played and changed as per the riding mode. In addition, if you are an Ather fan and expect an artificial sound from one of their bikes, then you have bad news. None of the Ather bikes boast artificial sounds from the speakers.
Besides that, braking duties are taken care of by dual discs on the Ola S1 Pro and the Ather 450X’s X variant. However, the Hero VIDA V1 lacks the dual-disc arrangement and the Combined Braking System (CBS). But the other two get CBS. Further, all three scooters get lightweight alloy wheels.
Prices and Variants
The Hero Vida V1 and the Ather 450X Gen 3 have two variants, while the Ola S1 has a standard variant. The Ola S1’s on-road price is Rs 1.39 lakh. On the contrary, the Hero Vida V1’s price starts at Rs 1.34 lakh for the base model, the Plus variant.
Further, the starting on-road price of the Ather 450X Gen-3 is Rs 1.23 lakh. All are on-road prices, New Delhi, as of December 2022. These prices are also subject to change without prior notice to the customer. However, you can always access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle on the autoX website.
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