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Bangalore goes electric

The company wants to eliminate electric charging anxiety with a station within 4km of any point in the city

The scooter provides features such as on-board navigation and remote diagnostics
The scooter provides features such as on-board navigation and remote diagnostics

Indian company, Ather Energy, is following up the launch of its electric vehicle (EV) charging network with the roll-out of its S340 electric scooter in its home city of Bangalore.


In May the company began installing its intelligent, connected charging stations across the city. Thirty charging points will be established in the coming weeks and 60 available in Bangalore by the end of the year. The company aims to have a charging station within 4km driving distance from any point in the city.


Co-founded in 2013 by the IT graduates, Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain, Ather Energy has designed the scooter from scratch. The S340 is equipped with a touchscreen interactive dashboard and an integrated app which provides features such as on-board navigation, remote diagnostics and over-the -air updates for future improvements. It has a top speed of 72 kmph, a range of up to 60km and an acceleration of 0-40 kmph in 7.3 sec ensures a riding experience that Ather Energy said is ideally suited for the “stop-and-go city ride”.


It will have a phased launch with roll-out in Chennai and Pune following Bangalore. The company will also provide a charging set-up for each consumer at their residence for overnight charging.


AtherGrid, the comprehensive public charging infrastructure has been designed in line with the lifestyle of the riders, being installed in technology parks, shopping malls, multiplexes, cafes and restaurants. It allows them to charge up to 80 per cent in an hour.


The AtherGrid is open to all electric vehicles which can charge from a 5A/15A plug point. To drive EV adoption, charging has been made free for the next six months for all EVs. Users can find the nearest charge point via the cloud and navigate their way to each location using the app.


“Electric vehicles cannot become a viable alternative without making charging infrastructure availability a greater priority,” said co-founder Tarun Mehta. “It is critical for us to make public charging convenient and accessible.


“This is an important step towards increased adoption and acceptance of electric vehicles and in the long run will have a positive effect on the cost of the vehicles themselves. The number of entrepreneurs and businesses that have come aboard to be a part of AtherGrid is also a testament to the future of electric vehicles.”


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