Ola Electric‘s S1 is one of the top-selling electric two-wheelers in the Indian market, but much like other EVs made by startups and relatively newer brands in the market, the S1 has also had its fair share of issues. One such common issue has been the breaking of the scooter’s front suspension, tons of cases of which have been reported in the past.
In yet another incident of the front suspension breakage, a rider seems to have suffered severe injuries after falling from the scooter while it was in motion. As per a tweet by Samkit Parmar, his wife was riding her Ola S1 electric scooter at a speed of about 35 kmph when the front wheel broke out of the suspension, resulting in the rider being thrown away in front.
Parmar claims that his wife is currently in ICU because of this incident. Take a look at the original tweet below –
Yestrday a horrific incident took place with my wife. She was riding her @OlaElectric at 9.15pm at a speed of about… https://t.co/rWYxROquQL
— Samkit Parmar (@SamkitP21) 1674366007000
Both the Ola S1 and S1 Pro are equipped with a single fork suspension at the front, while the more affordable S1 Air launched last year makes use of a conventional telescopic (twin) fork unit. The rear-end makes use of a monoshock on the S1 and S1 Pro, while the S1 Air gets dual shock absorbers instead.
Considering the gruesome facial injuries, it is not clear if the rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the unfortunate accident or not. That said, TOI Auto urges all its readers to wear a full-face helmet at all times while riding a motorcycle or a scooter and also follow each and every traffic rule, including driving/riding as per the mandated speed limits.
TOI Auto has reached out to Ola Electric for an official comment and the same is awaited. It should be noted that with more than one case of the suspension breaking suddenly there could be a design or structural issue with the single fork suspension upfront. More details from the incident are awaited and we’ll update them as we get them.Source