Our Engineering facts - busting myths and narratives
This reality has been hard for our detractors to live with and there’s been a non stop effort for the last 1.5 years to throw mud at us in one form or another. Over the last 2 days we’ve seen another such attempt. And I’m sure this won’t be the last. So for those who want to know the facts, we are publishing this technical blog about the engineering behind the Ola scooter, which will dispel many myths and bust many fake narratives.
In this blog, we will address the following points:
- The Engineering behind the Ola S1, including safety and testing we have undergone
- Deep dive into the specific front fork issue – the data, engineering, the misleading campaign and our continuous engineering improvement activities
- What process Ola followed for an upgrade. Also, what is a recall, when do automakers do it, and what process is followed
1.2 Component and vehicle testing in lab/controlled environments: To deliver the safest riding experience, we conduct a series of rigorous tests across components and vehicle level testing which pushes the vehicle to its absolute limits. We have tested 200+ components and 5000+ data points across functional, environmental, mechanical, structural, electrical and safety tests.
We have done all tests required by a 2W company and there are too many to list here.. But in addition, we have done all crash tests that hardly any 2W company would do, only 4W companies do. And we have done many tests in “Indian conditions” which again are to stress test the system for India and make sure it is the most rugged. Instead of enumerating each, here’s a video that shows our testing and validation efforts.
1.3 Real world vehicle testing: We have tested our vehicle for more than 4 Million Kms with 736 scooters, one of the highest and most rigorous testing standards in the industry. Our scooters have been tested by 500+ engineers and riders across the length and breadth of the country in temperatures as high as 50 degrees and as low as -10 degrees. Here are some images and videos.
2. Front fork
3. Our actions and upgrade
Through February and March, we’ve been facing a concerted campaign by publishing images of the front fork broken. Many of those images are the same repeated multiple times from different angles, and many are just accident images. Why is this attack only on us? Well, it’s obvious who the leader in EVs is and who is threatened by us.