Ather Energy, the Bangalore based electric scooter company is planning to manufacture a special purpose vehicle which will help customers charge their vehicle when out of charge or nowhere near a charging station.
The company founded by Swapnil Jain and Tarun Mehta in 2013 had earlier announced the delivery of around 2000 bikes in the next 6 months. During an event couple of months earlier, they launched Ather 450 along with already announced Ather 340 which are available for pre – orders with a deposit of Rs. 5000 for consumers in Bangalore.
Speaking to TheBigScope, Tarun Mehta, Co-Founder, Ather Energy says that they plan to introduce around 100 charging points in Bangalore by the end of the year and in case certain vehicles run out of charge and there are no charging points available nearby, a vehicle will come and help their scooter charge. “Customers have to pay a flat fee which would give them access to all charging infrastructure , servicing, periodical maintenance and also break down assistance.”
But Mehta is also quick to clarify that charging points still use electricity which comes from the regular grid which uses coal and diesel but their vehicles in comparison emit 20 % less carbon as compared to a petrol scooter.
Mehta points out that they will continue to redesign the tyres which are critical for electrical vehicles to improve the speed and how much weight it can handle. The scooters also have regenerative braking set to mild setting so that batteries get charged when brakes are applied.
Although they are very close to handing out the first scooter for consumers, things were not so hunky dory a year earlier. “We had initially decided to go forward with certain specifics like top speed , motor and BMS settings but changed everything in the next 4 months.”
But he is happy that things have changed for the better in the EV industry in India. Today they procure most of the parts of the vehicle in India and not somewhere in China or other parts of Asia. To add to that, government wayward but positive statements towards pushing EVs in India.