Ather Energy had confirmed that it will start selling the Ather 450X in 11 cities by end of March 2021. This week it said it was adding a further 16 cities to the roster taking the grand total to 27 cities across 14 states by end of 2021.
The 450X deliveries first commenced in Bengaluru and Chennai, where Ather Energy already has showrooms, and in a phased manner cities Hyderabad, Pune, Kochi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad are added. Customers in Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad now have the option of making the full payment to take delivery of the 450X Series 1.
This month the 450X deliveries in Mumbai and Delhi will begin. Deliveries in Coimbatore will commence in 2021, anytime between January and March 2021. Ather Energy hasn’t revealed when it will put the new electric scooter on sale in Kozhikode yet, but confirms that deliveries there also will commence by March 2021.
Kozhikode wasn’t on the original list where Ather Energy wanted to start delivering the 450X. The company added it to Phase 1 of its expansion list after seeing the pre-orders, dealership requests and the number of requests for test rides.
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In a related development, Ather Energy has begun selecting partners for Ather Grid, which is its fast-charging network. In Kozhikode, a famous cafe chain has struck a deal to host its fast chargers at two of its outlets.
The Ather 450X is arguably the most advanced new electric scooter in India. One of its most attractive features is a redesigned 7-inch capacitive LCD touchscreen dashboard running Android OS-based software that uses new Snapdragon 212 1.3 GHz processor. Onboard connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The IP65-rated dashboard supports OTA updates.
At the heart of the upcoming electric scooter is a new 6 kW/28 Nm motor that uses energy from a new 2.9 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. Also new is a ‘Warp’ ride mode in which the rider can accelerate the scooter from 0-40 km/h in just 3.3 seconds. This makes it the quickest electric scooter in India.
The Ather 450X charges 50% faster than the Ather 450, at a rate of 1.5 km per minute. It is the fastest charging electric scooter in India. The range projected as per the Indian Driving Cycle (IDC) is 116 km. Ather Energy discloses that riders may get a real-life range of 85 km in the city.
The 450X is priced at Rs 1.59 lakh (ex-showroom Bengaluru excluding Insurance, Road tax & Registration charges). Ather has also made a lower variant, the Ather 450 Plus, available at Rs 1.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Bengaluru excluding Insurance, Road tax & Registration charges)
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Ather Energy is offering the next generation electric scooter in two payment methods, one including the battery and one without. The latter would involve the owner applying for a monthly battery subscription. The company will set up 10-15 Ather Grid charging points in each city before beginning the deliveries. You can also read about the Ather buyback, connect and service pack.