Across 80 cities, the company has installed over 1,000 fast charging stations.
EV manufacturer Ather Energy has completed the installation of over 1000 fast EV chargers. The Bangalore-based company plans to install more than 2,500 fast chargers as part of the Ather Grid network by the end of 2023.
To minimize range concerns for buyers, Ather Energy, the country’s premium electric scooter maker, has completed the installation of more than 1000 of its fast-charging stations in 80 cities. Ather Grid is currently the largest two-wheeler fast-charging network in the country.
By strategically installing networks in cities that enable intercity travel, Ather says he plans to have more than 2,500 fast-charging networks installed by the end of 2023. The Ather Grid fast charger can be used in any electric vehicle, two-wheeler or four-wheeler, and can charge an EV battery pack up to 80% at a speed of 1.5km per minute, enabling a range of 90km in just 1 hour.
Unlike other fast charging networks that enable the charging of any vehicle, Ather Grid has been free to use since its inception as Ather’s fast charging network. The Ather Grid network of over 1000 fast chargers will be free for everyone until March.
Ather expands to provide easy access to its flagship scooter, with more than 2,500 fast-charging networks installed by the end of 2023 to improve range reliability and facilitate a smooth transition to electric vehicles. It plans to do so, the company said in a statement. By adding another 2,500 fast chargers this year, the company plans to further penetrate the Tier 2 and Tier 4 market.
Ravneet Phokela, Chief Business Officer of Ather Energy, commented on the milestone, saying the company has invested heavily in building India’s largest public fast-charging network, a semi-load-focused charging solution. It said it aimed to accelerate and expand by adding neighborhood charging. Private spaces such as apartments, offices, and tech parks. “Our commitment to this region is to make an investment and help businesses grow,” he said.
Ather Energy recorded its biggest sales volume increase in January with sales of 12,419 units, making it the third largest player after TVS. To meet growing domestic demand, Ather recently opened its second manufacturing facility in Hosur.
Ather Energy has a distribution network in 80 cities with over 100 Experience Centers. The company is reviewing a robust expansion plan covering India’s Tier 1, 2, and 3 cities, and plans to expand its retail presence to 150 centers in 100 cities by March 2023.
Ather’s main investor, Hero MotoCorp, is also taking advantage of the Bengaluru-based startup’s extensive fast-charging network. The company’s e-scooter Vida V1 uses the same open-source connector design as Ather, with a 1.2 km/min fast charging capability. This means that a Vida V1 owner can effectively connect his scooter to Ather’s fast-charging network. That is slightly slower than Ather’s e-scooter, which charges at a speed of 1.5 km per minute.
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