Ather Energy, an electric two-wheeler manufacturer, announced sales numbers for April 2023. According to the EV maker, it sold 8,182 units this April, which is an increase of 117% over the 3,779 units it sold in the same month last year. On an MoM basis, the automaker reported a drop of 30.39%, with 11,754 units sold in March 2023. The fall in month-over-month sales, according to the company, was because of the FAME policy's uncertainty and its potential cascading effects. The automaker has disclosed that it is extending its retail base across the country to keep up with the consistent demand for its products. The automaker currently operates 120 retail stores in 87 cities and owns over 1300 Ather grid fast chargers. To shorten the wait times at the charging stations, the company announced a while ago that the charging cut-off for their Ather Grid public chargers will now be 80%. Once the 80% cut-off is reached, the Ather Grid charger will automatically unlock from the scooter. Recently, the automaker launched a new base variant of the Ather 450X in India. Let's quickly go through what it brings to the table for potential buyers.
Ather 450X New Base Variant
Ather Energy has introduced a new base variant of the 450X EV at Rs 98,183 (ex-showroom, Delhi, with FAME II and state subsidy). The new base variant has fewer features and a slow charger. Ather Energy also provides a 450X ProPack model, which has a fast charger and comes with several advanced functions. The ProPack variant of the electric scooter costs Rs 30,000 more than the base model. Powering the new base variant is a 6.4kW motor. On a single charge, it offers a driving range of 146 kilometre. The new EV can go from 0 to 40km/h in 3.3 seconds and claims a top speed of 90km/h.
The 3.7kWh battery pack, found with the ProPack version of the Ather 450X, is also available with the new variant. However, the new model has a shorter charging time than its more advanced sibling. While the battery on the base model takes 15 hours and 20 minutes to charge, the battery on the 450X ProPack only needs 5 hours and 40 minutes.
Electric Two-wheeler Sales April 2023: A Brief Look
In India, the rising demand for environmentally friendly transportation is increasing sales of electric two-wheelers. The EV sales crossed the 60,000 mark in our market in April 2023. According to industry reports, retail sales of electric two-wheelers reached 65,730 units in April 2023, an increase of 23.42% from April 2022's 53,257 units.