Updated on October 31, 2021 – After Bhavish Agarwal, CEO, Ola Electric responded to Rajiv Bajaj’s cheeky comment that “There is a saying breakfast of the champions. Champions eat OATS for breakfast. OATS stands for Ola, Ather, Tork and Smart E.”, Ather has come up with a very witty creative. Unlike Bhavish, who came up with some figures in response to Bajaj’s Tweet, Thar has simply posted a picture of a packet of OATS with the Ather Energy logo along with a one-liner – “For when you need that instant pick-up.”
Originally posted on October 29, 2021 – This cheeky comment from Ola CEO to Rajiv Bajaj is going viral for all the right reasons. Rajiv Bajaj took a dig at the upcoming E-Scooter giants in the country. He says, “We are champions and champions eat OATS (Ola, Ather, Tork Motors and SmartE) for breakfast”. This clearly prompted a response from the Ola CEO who highlighted the fact that Bajaj is not even in the competition. He adds that Ola sold almost 90,000 scooters in the first window itself before the first unit was even rolled out of the factory. Ather sold 1800 EV units in July alone. He took in a notch higher by mentioning that Bajaj Chetak has sold a mere 3300 units from January 2020 to July 2021. This banter between the two has left the netizens in splits.
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Ola Electric has taken the country by storm. It introduced the E-Scooters in India and the response they received was overwhelming, to say the least. The prices are very competitive and the subsidies from various governments sweetened the deal further. This is the way in which the governments are providing a push to the EVs in India. Hence, after subsidies in certain states, the E-Scooters have become extremely affordable and almost comparable to their IC engine counterparts. Ather has also been around in the Indian automobile market for quite a while now with reasonable success. At least in the two-wheeler EV market, Indians are quickly adapting to the modern trend and sustainable and emission-free mobility solutions. The traditional players like Bajaj will have to adapt quickly before the newcomers start to take away all the customers away into the future.
The 3.6 kWh battery pack will propel the e-scooter from 0-60 kmph in around 6 seconds. The Ather 450X, its nearest rival, takes around 6.5 secs for the same. The range of the e-scooter will be around 150 km which is decent, especially for city use. The scooter can be charged through a 5A socket or at a ‘Hypercharger’. The Hypercharging stations will be set up in 100 cities by the time the Ola Electric Scooter launches and will extend to 400 cities soon after. The popularity of the Ola Electric Scooter is likely to increase with FAME-II subsidies coming into the picture.