Electric Vehicle News
Ather Energy, India’s first intelligent electric scooter manufacturer, has decided to bid adieu to its first product, Ather 450, which was launched in 2018. It will be replaced with the Ather 450X & Ather 450 Plus, which have been built on the same beloved platform, with improved hardware and software capabilities.
Ather Energy will stop the sale of Ather 450 on 28th November in both Bengaluru and Chennai. This marks the end of phase one of Ather Energy as a company as it moves on to a new stage of rapid growth aided by a new round of Series D funding. With the introduction of Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus, Ather Energy is focusing on delivering the products in new markets - Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Coimbatore and Kolkata. The deliveries of Ather's Series 1 model have already begun in a few markets and will soon be available across the country. Ather Energy will also set up 135 public fast charging, Ather Grid Points across 11 cities by the end of the year.
Considering the demand for Ather 450X among Ather 450 owners who're looking to upgrade, Ather Energy has introduced a peer-to-peer service, Ather Certified Pre-owned, which connects Ather 450 owners to consumers who are interested in a pre-owned Ather 450. Every pre-owned Ather 450 listed for resale as part of this program comes with an Ather Health Certificate issued based on a comprehensive data-based inspection on every aspect of the scooter, making the system transparent and easy to use.
The Ather 450 has only been improving over the years with 7 OTA updates which introduced new features like Eco-mode, Dark theme for the dashboard and guide-me-home lights. The product line will continue to receive new features and upgrades in the coming years, so its customers can rest assured that the Ather 450 will only get better with time. The next OTA update is planned to be released soon and will carry the Theft and Tow detection feature for all Ather 450 and Ather 450X. Ather Grid is already available, free of charge in Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune with 62 fast charging points, already up and running.
Tarun Mehta, Co-founder & CEO, Ather Energy said, "Our maiden model, Ather 450 was the outcome of 4 years of continuous work on R&D, design, prototype building & testing, and improving the product to make it production worthy. The learnings from Ather 450 in terms of design, specifications and production along with feedback from the owners has helped shape the Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus. We are now looking forward to delivering our new product line across all cities. We would also like to express our gratitude to our valued owners, suppliers and partners for being a part of Ather Energy’s journey."
So it's time to say goodbye to the Ather 450 - the first electric scooter to show us, how an electric scooter can easily outperform even the best petrol scooter in the market. The Ather team has worked so hard to create world class electric scooter experiences for their customers. We cannot forget the first time we rode the 450 when we visited the Ather experience center in Bengaluru. It just blew our minds. The jet like sound, the torque, the graphics on the touch screen and features like over the air software updates. No other EV in India offers over the air updates that improves the drivetrain and performance of a vehicle. The 450 offered a true EV experience unlike many dumb electric scooters we see in our roads.
Now it's time for the 450X and 450 Plus to shine. Now, we hope Ather will soon release an Ather 150, with more focus on range and less focus on acceleration or torque!