Ola Electric upgrades electric scooters to avoid further recalls: report

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The Ola S1 Pro electric scooters would receive a Vehicle Control Unit (VCU) upgrade to support future updates and alleviate heating issues, preemptively preventing further recalls. According to a report, the new Ola S1 Pro units come with an upgraded VCU with more RAM and built-in storage. The company is also expected to make VCU upgrades for older units soon. The company, which issued a recall of 1,441 electric scooters last month, has yet to announce plans to upgrade the VCU on units that have been sold in the country.

According to a 91Mobiles report quoting tipster Yogesh Brar, Ola Electric may soon adopt a recall schedule or conduct home visits to upgrade the VCU on electric scooters shipping before March. The old VCU available on these models does not have enough RAM and storage for future updates, according to the report. The revelation comes amid multiple complaints from users claiming their scooter goes into reverse mode or switches off automatically, and an example of the company’s Ola Electric S1 Pro scooter caught fire in Pune in March.

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The alleged new VCU used by the SoftBank-backed company on new and existing Ola S1 Pro scooters is said to have more RAM and on-board storage – enough to accommodate future updates. However, it should be noted that the company has not revealed any plans to upgrade the units that have shipped, or change the VCU configuration for future units. Gadgets 360 has contacted Ola Electric and will update this article when the company responds.

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The report does not specify the specifications of the new VCU. When the Ola S1 and Ola S1 Pro launched, the company revealed that the VCU was powered by an octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and offered 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The company’s official website currently lists the available RAM at 3GB.

During the launch of the Ola S1 Pro, the company also revealed that it would come with a battery management system that “actively monitors the battery for optimal durability, performance, battery life and safety”. According to the tipster, the company closely monitors the health of battery cells and batteries, which can be monitored through the VCU. With several important aspects such as speed, thermal levels, load control, voltage, power efficiency, diagnostics and monitoring controlled by the VCU, the upgrade could enable improved software updates that could address some of the issues affecting Ola S1 Pro owners, according to the report.

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Last month, Ola Electric said it would recall 1,441 of its electric scooters, weeks after one of the company’s vehicles caught fire, prompting an investigation into the incident. The company revealed it would be diagnosing and health checking scooters in a specific batch and issued a recall of 1,441 vehicles. The firm had also revealed that the preliminary assessment of the vehicle which had caught fire revealed that it was an isolated vehicle and that the recalls were a preventive measure.


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