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    Ather 450 Electric Scooter Ownership Review After 1 Year Of Use

    Ather 450 Electric Scooter. Credit – Lazy Lion
    Ather 450 e-scooter receives 4G SIM card, Bluetooth connectivity and a 7 inch touchscreen dashboard

    Ather Energy, makers of the 450 Plus and 450X electric scooters, recently inaugurated a new Ather Space showroom in Mumbai and Ahmedabad and have recently started operations at their new and larger facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. Considering its outstanding demand, company plans to expand reach of its electric scooter lineup to 20 cities by Q1 2021.
    The first scooters Ather launched were the S340 and S450, which were launched in June 2018. A few months down the line, Ather decided to remove the ‘S’ prefix, and what remained was the 340 and 450. In Sep 2019, Ather discontinued 340, and only had the 450 on sale. Early in Jan 2020, Ather launched 450x and 450 Plus – which are basically the same scooters, but come with advanced features and improved battery tech.
    Ather 450 Ownership Review After 1 Year
    Owner of Ather 450 electric scooter, Venky has shared his detailed ownership experience in a YouTube video by Lazy Lion. The owner details each feature with great gusto. For starters, Venky is excited to show off the reverse function and riding modes offered on his scooter which offer a range of 70 km to around 85 km.
    Ather electric scooter comes in with several rider comforts. It gets a touchscreen dashboard allowing the rider to make and manage phone calls and music. The 7 inch touchscreen comes in with colour depth of 16M with a Snapdragon 212 Quadcore processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage while a 4G SIM card and Bluetooth connectivity are also a part of its features. Take a look at the detailed video below.
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    The dashboard offers OTA updates, navigation and range and sports features such as auto indicator off switch, guide-me-home lamps, side stand sensor and adaptive screen brightness adjustment. Tracking function is another highlight detailed in the video with live location and vehicle state tracking.
    The dashboard also has several settings in particular of  documents, wherein all necessary papers such as license and RC card can be stored. The charging socket is located at the front just under the left handle bar. It can be charged from 0-80 percent in about 3 hours.
    The owner says that this has been good enough for his use. He has been really satisfied with the scooter. Along with the subsidy of Rs 34k, Venky got his e-scooter for a price of Rs 1.04 lakh price. Price of Ather scooters are a lot more today.
    New Ather 450X
    Ather 450 is no longer on sale. What is now on sale are the Ather 450X and 450 Plus. They share the same specs. This includes a 2.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which is paired with an electric motor generating 6kW/28 Nm returning a single charge range of 116 km. The battery is IP 67 rated water resistant and dust proof and comes in with 3 year warranty.
    Ather Energy has introduced an Assured Buyback program for the Ather 450X. The company guarantees to buy back the 450X at Rs.85,000 at the end of 3 years. The company also offers a 5 year warranty and 5000 kms service interval with 3 free servicing. The 450X is offered in two variants of 450X and 450 Plus with prices at Rs.1.59 and Rs.1.39 lakhs respectively while both receive GST and FAME II subsidies. More

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    Ather Electric Scooter Production Capacity 1.1 Lakh Per Year At New Plant

    Ather Electric Scooter Production At New Hosur Plant
    Electric scooter and battery production capacity at Ather Energy Hosur manufacturing plant

    Ather Energy has started ops at its 1,23,000 sq. ft. EV manufacturing facility in Hosur, TN. As the manufacturer goes from strength to strength, 90 percent of Ather Energy’s production is localised in India. The company is capable of manufacturing 1,10,000 scooters and 1,20,000 battery packs in a year. An investment of Rs 635 crore is planned over next 5 years.
    Ather Energy mega-factory in Hosur, Tamil Nadu saw production get underway on January 2, 2021. Since then, deliveries have gotten underway at Bombay, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Plans are afoot to get on with deliveries in a phased manner across 21 other cities by Q1 2021. Localisation at the manufacturing unit includes the battery pack, which Ather Energy makes themselves.
    Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus sales
    Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus were designed in Bengaluru, a city which is home to the largely new manufacturer. The supply chain ecosystem that has been developed sees most of the company’s supplier base located in Tamil Nadu.
    It’s no surprise that Hosur has a natural selection for the manufacturing plat. The Hosur facility functions as Ather’s national manufacturing hub to cater to nationwide demand.
    New Ather EV Plant
    Continual market expansion means, Ather Energy confirms deliveries and presence across 27 cities in 15 states. They include – Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Calicut, Ahmedabad, Mysore, Hubli, Jaipur, Indore, Panaji, Bhubaneshwar, Nasik, Surat, Chandigarh, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guwahati, Nagpur, Noida, Lucknow, and Siligur.
    New Ather EV Plant
    Ather Energy availability
    Expansion plans point to a presence in 40 cities by 2021 end. The factory gets support from the state government under its EV Policy. Going ahead, Ather is also focused on lithium-ion battery manufacturing. Over the 5 years to come, 4000 employees will be trained in requisite skills.
    Ather’s manufacturing facility is built on Industry 4.0 principles. The company is also zeroing in on Smart algorithms to read data collected to make meaningful interpretations. End-to-end supply chain process information is integrated into Ather Energy’s processes, logistics, warehousing, quality checks, production to finally vehicle dispatch.
    New Ather EV Plant
    For now, Ather Energy is the only EV OEM in India to make its own battery packs. 13 patents have been filed pertaining to design and manufacturing of li-ion batteries.
    Tarun Mehta, CEO & Co-founder Ather Energy, said, “It’s been a great journey for us so far and the opening of this facility is truly a milestone for Ather. The consumer demand has increased by multiple folds and with us expanding to new markets, this state-of-the-art facility will cater to demand across the country.
    New Ather EV Plant
    We are proud of the fact that we designed and built a product from scratch which is in line with the government’s Make in India vision. We are thankful to the Tamil Nadu government and their EV policies which have allowed us to have most of our supplier base in the State making us self reliant.”
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    Ather 450 Electric Scooter First Retail Outlet In Ahmedabad – Priced From Rs 1.42 L

    Ather Electric Scooter
    Ather 450 electric scotoers will now be available at the new Ather Space retail outlet in Ahmedabad opened in association with Kataria Group

    Ather Energy, the makers of the 450X electric scooter and 450 Plus, has inaugurated a new showroom at Ather Space, at Ambawadi, near Panjarapole Char Rasta, Ahmedabad in association with Kataria Group. This new showroom was led by a group of Ather customers who wanted to be the first to experience this new and highly connected showroom.
    In Ahmedabad, Ather 450X is priced at Rs.1,61,426 while the Ather 450 Plus carries a price tag of Rs.1,42,416. Prices are ex-sh. Ather Space in Ahmedabad follows that of the company’s first experience center opened in Bengaluru (Indiranagar) in June 2018 and the two showrooms opened in Chennai (Wallace Garden Street)and Mumbai earlier in January 2021.
    The electric scooter maker has collaborated with Kataria Group in Ahmedabad, Kamal Motors in Mumbai and BU Bhandari in Pune. Ather Space is customer friendly with complete sales and service. The Ather 450X will be on display and the service center will offer complete support to owners.
    Ather Ahmedabad facility
    The Ather experience center in Ahmedabad is designed to be dynamic, tactile and interactive, offering buyers an in-depth knowledge of all that has gone into the making of the new Ather 450X electric scooter. Customers can view a naked scooter, inspect every key component that makes up its interiors and can interact and learn more of its functions and performance via an interactive digital display.
    Ather Ahmedabad
    This new showroom in Ahmedabad comes at a time when the company had been receiving outstanding response from buyers in Gujarat. Test rides can be scheduled via the website and bookings can also be placed.
    Following this showroom, the company also plans to open an experience center in Surat as a part of its Phase II expansion plans in the second quarter of 2021. Ather Energy has even set up Ather Grid points in Ahmedabad with three fast charging points located at Regenta Central Antarim Navrangpura, Ophiolite’s-Sindhu Bhavan Road and Tea Post-Sindhu Bhavan Road.
    Free charging facilities will be offered via these charging stations till March 2021, not only for Ather 450X and 450 Plus but for all electric two and four wheelers. The company also plans to increase this count to 10-12 more in the months ahead.
    Ather Ahmedabad Dealer
    Ather 450X Electric Scooter
    Ather 450X is faster and better than the Ather 450. It is presented in colour options of Grey, Green, and White along with limited-edition Series 1. It comes in with riding modes of Eco, Ride and Sport and powered by a 6 kWh PMSM motor and a new 2.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
    Ather has also introduced a new Wrap model for higher performance which allows the Ather 450 X to accelerate from 0 to 40 kmph in 3.3 seconds, thus making it the quickest scooter in the 125cc segment.
    On board features include a smart 7 inch touchscreen instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity with music and voice assistant. The 450X also has a 4G SIM card allowing for managing phone calls and an Android Open Source offering Google map navigation and on-board diagnostics along with over the air updates, auto indicator off and guide-me-home lamps. More

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    Ather 450x Electric Scooter Production Boost – Grand Ceremony At New Plant

    Ather Electric Scooter Production At New Plant
    Ather Energy is planning to spread its presence to 40 cities by end of 2021

    Ather Energy, the manufacturers of the India’s fastest electric scooters – 450X and Ather 450 Plus, are in an expansion mode. While the electric scooter maker had earlier announced plans to spread its presence across 40 cities by the end of 2021, the company is also opening up experience centers in 25 new cities by the end of June 2021 and will also have 500 charging points by the end of this year.
    New Year, New Plant
    Earlier, Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus were produced at a plant in Whitefield in Bengaluru in Karnataka, the company now shifts to a new plant in Hosur in Tamil Nadu. The two wheeler EV maker has signed an MoU with the Government of Tamil Nadu for a 4 lakh sq ft facility from where it will produce the Ather 450 and lithium-ion batteries.
    A pooja was conducted at the new plant with all the team members in attendance along with a lineup of the Ather 450X and 450 Plus scooters. This move comes at a time when both the State and Central Governments are pushing for electric two wheeler adoption with an updated FAME policy, lower GST and benefits on loans for electric vehicles.
    The Tamil Nadu EV policy also includes 100 percent exemption on electricity tax to EV industry till 31st Dec 2025 besides stamp duty exemption on land procured for such plants.
    Ather Energy Team At the New Plant In Hosur, Tamil Nadu.
    Ather Hosur Plant
    Tamil Nadu is an automobile manufacturing hub and the Ather unit in Hosur will be in close proximity to the company’s RD facility in Bengaluru and to the current and future supply base in the region. The new Ather plant in Hosur will also see the company ramp up production capacity. Ather Energy is looking to produce around 3,000 units per month from this new plant, which will later be expanded to 8,000 units by early 2022.
    Tarun Mehta, the co-founder of Ather Energy, stated that from their older Bengaluru plant production was at an average of 300 units per month. These lower numbers were primarily due to the fact that the 450X was available only in 2 cities initially of Bengaluru and Chennai.
    Now expansion of networks to new cities by the end of 2021 will see production increase correspondingly. The Hosur plant, besides producing the Ather range of electric scooters, will also produce batteries and the same plant will see the new Ather electric motorcycle being produced, though this is yet a few years away from launched.
    Ather Ahmedabad Experience Center Opens This Week – 6th Feb 2021
    Ather Grid Expansion Plans
    Along with shifting to a new plant in Hosur, Ather Energy is also expanding its Grid Charging Network. As on date the company has 39 charging stations in Bengaluru and 14 in Chennai and have plans to increase this count to 6,500 by 2023 across 30 cities in the country and the target is to have one charging station every 4 kms in the cities where it sells its models.
    Ather 450X and 450 Plus
    At the end of last year, the company discontinued the Ather 450 scooter and replaced it with the 450X, 450 Plus. Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus are been built on the same platform, and come in with improved hardware and software. The E-scooters receive 4G SIM card, Bluetooth connectivity and a 7 inch touchscreen dashboard with colour depth of 16M and a Snapdragon Quad-Core processor.
    The Ather 450X is powered by a 2.6 kWh lithium ion battery pack with an electric motor generating 6 kW/28 Nm. It is capable of a range of 116 km on a single charge and is priced at Rs.1.59 lakhs. The Ather 450 Plus e-scooter is priced at Rs.1.39 lakhs. More

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    Ather Mumbai Experience Center Opens – First 450x Series1 Electric Scooter Delivered

    Prathamesh Sawant – one of the first owners of 450x Series 1 in Mumbai. Image – @the_hairmonster
    Ather currently has the 450x and the 450 Plus electric scooters on offer

    Ather Energy has opened their first experience centre in Mumbai today. Located at the popular Linking Road in Bandra, this state of the art showroom is called Ather Space. After Bangalore and Chennai, Mumbai is the 3rd city to get Ather Space.
    In the coming months, more cities in India will be getting their own Ather Space. Hyderabad and Ahmedabad Ather experience centres will soon open for public. Ahmedabad recently got one of its first Ather Grid electric charging station.
    Increasing Production
    Backed by Tiger Global, Hero MotoCorp and founders of Flipkart Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, Ather Energy was founded in 2013 and since then has raised $102.2 million. It has now been announced that Ather looks to intensify its production capacity.
    Ather Energy has shifted its production base to Hosur in Tamil Nadu from its current manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Recently, the last unit of Ather 450 rolled out of this facility.
    Ather Space in Mumbai
    By setting up this new manufacturing facility Ather will be ramping up its production which will help to manufacture 3,000 units in its initial stages and further expand to 8,000 units by the first half of this year. Ather has announced to expand its footprint beyond the 11 cities targeted for the first phase in November 2020. By March 2021, the company aims to have presence in 16 more cities – so total 27 cities will have Ather on offer by March 2021.
    Current Availability
    11 cities of 1st phase are Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Coimbatore, Chennai and Kozhikode. Previously Ather has managed to produce only 300 units of 450 per month on average.
    This modest number was mainly due to the restricted availability of the e-scooter in just 2 cities – Bengaluru and Chennai. Other factors such as lack of widespread charging infrastructure and premium pricing also led to slow sales volume.
    Ather Space in Mumbai
    Ather Energy entered the Indian market with the launch of the country’s first intelligent electric scooter in the form of Ather 450 in 2018. This was followed by the launch of 450X and 450 Plus, more powerful and premium version of the standard 450 in January last year.
    Ather Experience Center in Mumbai – Ather Space
    They also launched a limited-run Series-1 Collector’s Edition of the 450X exclusively available for those who had booked it even before the brand had officially launched it. It is this special e-scooter, that is now being delivered in Mumbai via the new Ather Space Experience Centers.
    Powertrain & Performance
    Ather 450X draws its power from a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) which is backed by a 2.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This powertrain is good enough to produce an output of 6kW (8 bhp) of power and 26 Nm of peak torque.
    Ather Experience Center in Mumbai – Ather Space
    It has a strong performance which can make it sprint from 0-40 kmph in just 3.3 seconds thus making it one of the quickest scooters in comparison to the 125cc segment of scooters. It is offered with three ride modes- Eco, Ride and Sport along with an additional high-performance ‘Warp’ mode. More

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    Ather 450x Electric Scooter Gets Performance Improvements Via OTA Update

    Ather electric scooter
    Ather regularly rolls out OTA updates – The latest one also delivers performance upgrade

    India’s leading electric scooter manufacturer, Ather Energy has rolled out an update for its app on Android and iOS. This update is primarily a patch that has performance improvements as well as bug fixes. This update will be applicable for 450X and 450 Plus owners. One of the fixes is that the colour and name will now be displayed correctly in the app.
    For Android users, the update is already available on Google Play Store. iPhone users may have to wait a couple of days, as the update is pending review on the App Store. Apple team will be on Christmas holidays till December 27, which has resulted in delay.
    Ather expansion plans
    In terms of numbers, Ather Energy is currently placed at third place in the list of bestselling electric scooters. It trails behind Hero Electric and Okinawa. Ather is ahead of other rivals such as Revolt, Ampere, Benling, and Pure EV. In April-Sep 2020, Ather had sold a total of 941 units. In comparison, the numbers for Hero and Okinawa were 2,629 and 1,836, respectively.
    To boost sales, Ather is currently working to expand operations across the country. In addition to Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, Ather now has presence in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad. Other cities on the radar include New Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi, Coimbatore, Calicut and Kozhikode.
    Ather electric scooter test rides are now available in many new cities
    In phase II, Ather electric scooter will be launched in several other cities such as Jaipur, Chandigarh, Surat, Noida, Lucknow, Nasik, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Hubli, Mysore, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Nagpur and Siliguri. If things progress as planned, Ather would have expanded operations to 27 cities by end of next year.
    Ather’s new plant
    As Ather expands its footprint across the country, demand is expected to increase significantly in the future. To fulfil that, Ather has setup a new manufacturing facility at Hosur in Tamil Nadu. This plant is much bigger, spread across an area of 4 lakh square feet.
    Its estimated production capacity is 1 lakh units per annum. When this new plant becomes fully operational, Ather would have catapulted to an established two-wheeler manufacturer from its current status of an EV startup. Ather has already discontinued production at its Bengaluru facility.
    In every city where Ather has presence or will launch its electric scooter in the future, the company will be adding more charging stations. Availability of charging stations takes care of range anxiety, which is a crucial step for motivating customers to switch from standard petrol scooters to electric scooters. Ather 450X true range is 85 km on a single charge. It comes with fast charging and has ride modes of Eco, Ride, Sport and Warp. More

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    Ather Electric Scooter Production Set To Increase – Thanks To New Hosur Plant

    Ather Electric Scooter Production Ends At Bangalore Plant
    In order to expand its presence across the country, Ather needs to scale up its production considerably to meet required demands

    At a time when most electric vehicles (EV) related technologies were foreign and barely within access, Ather Energy, an Indian startup, provided the necessary momentum to the EV segment in India by developing technologies and manufacturing vehicles on its own. Backed by big corporate houses such as Hero MotoCorp and Flipkart, the brand has come a long way in the Indian automotive scene.
    The company started its production at a facility based out of Bangalore and will now shift to Hosur in Tamil Nadu. Spread across 4,00,000 square feet, Ather hopes that this new plant in Hosur will produce 1,00,000 units of electric two-wheelers annually in the coming years.
    Enhanced Production Capacity
    Sharing a picture on his Twitter handle, Tarun Mehta, Co-founder and CEO of Ather Energy, said the new facility will drastically increase rate of production. With this new manufacturing facility, Ather can transit from a startup to an established two-wheeler brand in the EV segment in India. The company currently has 450X and 450 Plus in its product portfolio.
    Recently, the last batch of Ather 450 rolled out of its facility in Whitefield outside Bangalore before being discontinued altogether. The low sales volume of 450 was a result of a combination of lack of availability, high pricing and sparse charging network.
    Tweet from Ather CEO
    Ather launched the 450 initially in just two cities- Bangalore and Chennai. Ather 450X and 450 Plus will be made available across 27 cities in the country by late 2021. This should help the manufacturer reach its target sales volume.
    Setting up a new facility will help Ather ramp up production to 3,000 units per month initially and then increase it to 8,000 units per month by the first half of next year. Initially, Ather averaged just 300 units from its Bangalore facility.
    Besides manufacturing electric scooters, Ather will also focus on developing batteries, with imported Lithium-Ion cells at the site. The same facility will also be used to develop Ather’s first electric motorcycle although it is still some time away.
    Benefits Enjoyed By EVs in Tamil Nadu
    Further, relocating the facility to Tamil Nadu will make the company eligible for all the benefits as per the state’s EV policy. This will enable Ather to enjoy benefit such as 100% exemptions on electricity tax to all EV related industries in the state, till 31st December 2025. Alongside, companies are also entitled to stamp duty exemption for the purchase of land to set up factories.
    Ather recently started deliveries of 450X last month. The scooter was launched earlier in January this year and has been priced at Rs 1.59 lakh (ex-showroom). The 450X is powered by a 2.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which is paired with an electric motor generating 6kW/28 Nm and can return a single-charge range of 116 km. More

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    Ather 450X Electric Scooter Delivery Schedule Announced For All Cities

    Ather 450x Electric Scooter
    After launching 450X in several new cities, Ather Energy has shared delivery schedule for those locations

    Some of the new cities that were recently added include Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune. The company already has presence in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad. By end of next year, the company has plans to make 450X available in 27 cities.
    City-wise delivery schedule and other updates
    Customers in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad have already started receiving Series 1 and Grey Ather 450X. Buyers in Bengaluru and Chennai will start getting deliveries of White and Green Ather 450X later this month. In Pune, deliveries are expected to commence this weekend. However, the colour of the units that will be delivered is yet to be revealed. Payments are open across Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.
    Talking about developments in specific cities, Hyderabad will soon be getting a company-owned experience centre. This is currently being constructed. A temporary facility is available close to the upcoming experience centre, where interested users can take a test ride. Hyderabad already has 10 Ather Grid points and more are in the works.
    In Mumbai, the company’s experience centre is being constructed in Khar. However, test rides are already available at some temporary locations. Deliveries in Mumbai are expected to commence later this month.
    Ather 450x Electric Scooter delivery schedule in all new cities. Credit – Ketul Tikekar
    Up north, deliveries in Delhi are expected to commence sometime in March next year. The company is yet to finalize a retail partner for the city. However, test rides will commence this week in Delhi at a temporary location in Saket. Customers in Delhi will get additional subsidy of Rs 14,500 in addition to Rs 29,000, which is available under FAME-II scheme.
    In Kolkata, deliveries are expected to commence in January next year. The company is working to finalize a retail partner and select an appropriate location. In Ahmedabad, deliveries have already commenced and test rides are being provided seven days a week. The city has also received three Ather Grid points.
    In southern India, test rides have begun in Kochi at a temporary location close to Gold Souk Grande. The city will be getting an experience centre that is expected to become operational by next month. Customers in Coimbatore, Calicut and Kozhikode will start getting deliveries in Q1, 2021.
    Ather 450X tech specs
    Ather 450X is the successor to Ather 450 that has been discontinued. Ather 450X comes with a range of upgrades including superior performance, faster charging and higher standby time. The scooter utilizes a 2.61 kWh battery pack that comprises 21700-type Li-ion cells. Max power and torque is 8 hp and 26 Nm, respectively. True range is 85 km on a single charge. 450X comes with fast charging that allows users to load 15 km in 10 minutes. More