The Indian electric vehicle company revealed that their Ather Grid public chargers will now have a charging cut-off of 80%. According to the EV enterprise, this action will reduce the waiting time at the charging stations. Once the 80% cut-off is reached, the Ather Grid charger will automatically unlock from the scooter. Industry reports claim that once the solenoid has been unplugged, charging cannot proceed for security reasons. It would make it possible for another e-scooter user to easily remove the connector from the charged scooter and link it to theirs. The 450X e-scooter has an Optimal Charging function, which lets users stop charging at 80% when using a home charger. This feature is a part of the Ather Stack software updates. The 80% cut-off at Ather Grid public charges is compulsory, but the cited Optimal Charging function is optional.
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Is a new Ather electric scooter in the works?
In a recent development, a new Ather electric scooter, similar to the current Ather 450, was spotted testing on Indian roads. Reportedly, the sighted Ather electric scooter could be an entry-level variant for the Indian market. The firm has not officially confirmed the launch of the spotted e-scooter yet. However, market rumours indicate that it could arrive with a less potent motor and a shorter range than the current 450X Gen3 model. The upcoming e-scooter will expectedly come with a smaller battery than the 3.7kWh unit in the Gen3 version.
Features-wise, the entry-level Ather model is expected to get a 7-inch touchscreen instrument console. An LED headlight, turn indicators, a taillight, Google integration, and connectivity features, like geo-fencing and GPS navigation, are expected to be included. In terms of prices, it's likely to have an estimated price of around Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom).
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Ather Energy to install over 2,500 EV chargers in India by 2023
Ather Energy confirms the installation of more than 2,500 EV chargers across India by the end of 2023. Around a thousand EV charging stations have already been installed in 80 cities across the country. The Ather Grid fast-charging station is the largest two-wheeler EV charging network, with 60% of its existing installations in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. The firm hopes that the new charging infrastructure will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in India.
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