The Ather 450 Plus, Hero Vida, Bajaj Chetak, TVS iQube and the S1 Air are the most affordable electric scooters in the Indian market right now. The Ather 450X, S1 Pro and Simple Energy are already compared by us in our previous story. In this specification comparison review, we evaluate all these electric scooters on a range of parameters to give you a holistic idea of which one is the most competitive in terms of its all-round qualities and performance:
S1 Air now falls in line, well, almost in this comparison. The best part is that the charging time for its larger battery is lower than that of Ather. TVS has a time of 0-80% time in 5 hours. Bajaj offers 0-100% charge in 4.5 hours and Vida comes last with 6 hours to charge to just 80%.
Weight and Dimension
Ather 450 Plus is lightest in terms of its curb weight and also features the shortest wheelbase. Ola has surprisingly gone for only a two-leg fork in the front for S1 Air while TVS is the only one to feature twin shock absorbers at the rear. Bajaj also offers a single shock setup at both ends and aces the ride and handling in our road test recently. S1 Air has the distinction of using radial tires and we think TVS should’ve used fatter rubber as compared to the skinniest ones it has on offer. Underseat storage is also one of the strongest points of the Ola S1 Air and Vida V1 PLus. In terms of ground clearance, all scooters should offer enough margin to riders to overcome road obstacles comfortably.
Features and Equipment
There is not much difference when it comes to features as all five scooters are well-equipped. The list of features includes Bluetooth Connectivity which allows riders to access navigation, call, and music alerts. The touchscreen-compatible displays in four scooters are fully colored and Ola S1 Air is expected to have the MoveOS3 basic version which should still offer more than TVS and Bajaj and will be in line with the Ather 450 Plus. Bajaj is the only scooter without a touch screen and a large feature list as well.
Ola is the most affordable option here with a massive price difference from the second cheapest, the TVS iQube, at Rs 27,000! Chetak is the costliest among the lot. Ather falls in line next and Vida follows with a small price gap of Rs 3,000 over the former. The Bajaj looks more contemporary and feels more premium of the lot but the asking price is too high for the performance and range on offer. Ola S1 Air falls in line more with these scooters as it gains more practicality over its expensive variants and delivers significantly more value than all its rivals.