Speaking on the launch of the 450X Gen 3, Tarun Mehta, Co-Founder & CEO, Ather Energy, said, “Ather 450 revolutionised the E2W segment in the country and showcased how electric scooters were not just better than its ICE counterparts in terms of performance but also cracked the right product specifications for the industry. The 450X Gen 2 launched in 2020, made EVs truly aspirational and exciting for the Indian market and set the benchmark with its reliable performance and dependability. With the 450X Gen 3, we have doubled down on the performance parameters and taken it to the next level to offer a thrilling experience. The Gen 3 also comes in with a bigger battery pack giving us a certified range of 146 kms and TrueRangeTM of 105 kms offering more range to consumers looking for exciting yet reliable and consistently performing electric scooters. The 450X Gen 3 will be pivotal in growing the E2W segment in the country and taking the E2W truly mainstream as we continue to expand our footprint across the country”
‘Great battery power should come with better ride consistency’. With the 450X Gen 3’s bigger and more powerful battery, riders get more consistent performance, which is achieved by better thermal management. Essentially, while riding in high-speed modes, the 450X Gen 3 maintains its power throughout the ride, irrespective of terrain, temperature, or load. Now riders will be able to experience climbing steep inclines faster, even in ‘Ride’ mode, giving them the same levels of excitement without compromising on the range. Also, the 450X Gen 3 has a new ‘Smart EcoTM Mode’ that allows riders to enjoy cruising in ‘Ride’ mode whilst offering the range of ‘Eco’ mode. The upgraded version will offer five ride modes – Warp, Sport, Ride, SmartEco, and Eco. The maximum power output in Warp mode is 6.2 kW (8.7 hp).
The Ather 450X Gen3 continues to be the benchmark of ride quality and handling the first of its kind all-aluminium frame in the segment, perfectly balanced weight distribution, and incredibly low centre of gravity. To enhance the riding performance, the 450X comes with wider rear tyres that have been fundamentally designed to offer better grip while leaning on turns and a shorter braking distance. This has been achieved by a newer compound and improved tread profile, leading to a 22% better grip in all weather conditions. To ensure that ride consistency and handling remain at an optimum level on the vehicle, Ather has introduced the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). TPMS is also crucial to maintaining range as lower tyre pressure increases the pressure on the battery. While TPMS is an accessory, it is an essential fitment to ensure consistency in handling, performance, and range everyday.
On the UI/UX front, the new Ather 450X Gen 3 now features an upgraded dashboard with a re-architected Ather stack and an upgraded 2 GB RAM. This would greatly enhance the performance of memory-intensive applications and will unlock several features for the future like voice commands, multi-language support, heavier graphics, deeper diagnostics, and more. An upgraded RAM also means better performance in higher temperatures.
450X Gen3 now has new rear view mirrors that are 2X better in terms of visibility and 5X in reliability. The mirrors have been designed with single-cast aluminium and appear as a natural extension of the scooter to provide convenience and adjustability. The 450X Gen 3 also introduces an all-new sidestep, which has been designed to integrate seamlessly with the scooter’s design. The sidestep is made of single-cast aluminium for sturdiness and clean aesthetics and is combined with a soft rubber surface providing for a firmer grip and has been finished with a premium look. The sidestep blends so well with the design of the scooter it’s almost as if - it’s there when you need it, invisible when you don’t.
The Gen-3 of Ather’s flagship variant will continue to offer a larger boot space of (22 litres), providing an ample amount of space to the customer. The scooter will carry over the 7.0-inch touchscreen system, front, and rear disc brakes with regen, 12-inch alloy wheels, a telescopic fork, and a belt drive system.
Introduced at a price of INR 155,657 (ex-showroom, Bangalore) the new 450X Gen 3 will be available in all experience centres across the country from the 20th of July 2022. Ather Energy has been receiving a strong response for its e-scooter range and continues to grow at 25% quarter-on-quarter. The company has been on a rapid expansion spree for its retail sales network across the country as well as its manufacturing operations. Ather has expanded its retail footprint to 36 cities with 41 retail stores and plans to expand to 150 experience centres in 100 cities by 2023.
450X - Gen 3 ex-showroom prices in major cities in India
The much awaited high range Ather 450X is here at last! The EV community has been asking Ather for more range, since forever. We love this update. They have added a larger battery, but they have also added some very cool features like a tyre pressure monitoring system, which has deep integration within Ather systems. This is a much preferred solution compared to using 3rd party solutions. They have also boosted their onboard computer memory. This should offer better experience for the user when using the touchscreen. We are also curious about the improvements in the drivetrain and the ability to maintain power consistently on a ride. We should get a better idea when we do some testing on hilly roads. With a 3.7 kWh battery, we are sure people can get more than 150 km range in Eco mode. We have seen multiple customers get 200 km on a 3.9 kWh pack with the OLA S1 Pro.
One area of discussion in the community is Ather's focus on performance, which is resulting in high pricing. Rs 1.5 lakhs ex-showroom price in Mumbai, which may go up to 1.65 lakhs on road, maybe a deal breaker for many. Ather needs to decide if they want to be known as the Apple of eScooters or if they indeed have plans to take on the BIG ICE Scooter industry and sell lakhs of scooters every year. Time is ticking. FAME 2 subsidy wont be available forever.
But for now, we absolutely love the Gen-3 updates to the 450X! It surely is the best scooter in India!