The upcoming Ather electric scooter, quite akin to the existing Ather 450, has been recently spied being tested on Indian roads. The camo-free spy shots affirm that a new test mule was spotted in BTM Layout, Bengaluru. The new Ather electric scooter could be an entry-level variant for the Indian market. Ather Energy is one of the top electric vehicle brands in the country aiming to make EVs more affordable and better alternatives to ICE-powered vehicles. And with the introduction of the entry-level Ather electric, the company is likely to keep its price under Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom). To achieve affordable pricing, the scooter is expected to get a smaller battery pack and fewer features.
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Battery and Hardware
As opposed to the existing 450X Gen3, the new electric scooter will come with a less powerful motor and have a slightly lesser range. The battery size of the brand’s entry-level variant could be smaller than the 3.7kWh unit on the Gen3 model. And for that matter, the new budget scooter could have a range of up to 80 kilometre on a single charge.
As for the hardware, the upcoming Ather model may be underpinned by a lucrative tubular chassis, in contrast to the Aluminium space frame that the 450X and the 450 Plus have. For suspension duties, we will have telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear.
In terms of features, the entry-level variant of the Ather brand is anticipated to borrow a 7-inch touchscreen instrument console from its sibling. Other features include an LED headlamp, turn indicators, tail light, Google integration suite, along with connectivity features like geo-fencing and GPS navigation.
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Price and Rivals
The Ather’s new e-scooter may sit below the 450 Plus and carry the Ather 450 nomenclature with a suffix. The timeline of the launch has not been announced yet, but expect the prices to be revealed in the coming months. Once launched, it may compete with the Ola S1 Air.
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