Ather energy launched the costliest electric scooters in India, the S340 nd S450. The Ather Energy was founded by two IIT Madras Alumni, Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain, in 2013. The company has a plant in Whitefield Bangalore.
Tarun briefed about the launch of the two scooters, “The gradeability varies in different locations within the city, and has its own gradiations. To top this, the acceleration for most petrol bikes are faster, and it therefore needs to be faster even for the electric scooter. If we want the consumer to choose an electric vehicle, all these factors matter.”
The power output of the S340 is 6.4 bhp with torque produced 20 Nm. The range of S340 is 60 km. The scooter gives a gradation of 15 degrees. The highest speed of the scooter is 72 kmph, where it accelarates 0-40 kmph in 5.1 seconds. Once charged the IP67 rated lithium-ion waterproof battery can cover upto 50000 kms. A telescopic fork and a monoshock unit handles the front and rear suspension of the electric vehicle. The S340 is also equipped with , disc brakes with a combined braking system (CBS). The scooter will only be available in Bangalore although the Ather has plans on selling them nationwide by the end of the year. A seven-inch touchscreen instrument cluster, smartphone connectivity, navigation assist, parking assist, under-seat storage light and LED lighting are some of the features the S340 is equipped with along with a vehicle charging point tracker. “Most of the dashboard and other factors are manufactured keeping the Indian conditions – temperature, climate, dust and other uniqueness in mind. You can’t have a German-built dashboard in an Indian vehicle,” explained the CEO. On the other hand the S450 which came as a surprise for everybody, produces a torque of 20.5 Nm. It has a 18 degree gradation. It accelarates 0-40 kmph in 3.9 seconds. The highest speed is 80 kmph and the range is 75 Km, which is same as the S340.
AtherGrid charging stations have already been installed by the company. 30 EV stations have already been setup in Bangalore, and 30 more will be joining them by the end of this year. The scooter also has a fast charging facility which enables the battery to be charged upto 80% in the span of an hour.
“Apart from on-road difficulties, we realized production generally ended up being the graveyard for most hardware and electric vehicle startups”, are the words of the founder Tarun. The scooters are priced at Rs 1,09,750 and Rs 1,24,750 for the S340 and S450 respectively. 22Motors Flow and the Okinawa Praise are the only competitors of the green scooters in the market. The prebookings for the vehicles have just began in bangalore. The company will release the bike only in Bangalore, but they have decided to introduce them in other parts of the country as well once they set up the charging stations.
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