The last unit of the Ather 450 has rolled off the assembly line in Bengaluru, just before mass-production of the Ather 450X is to begin. Deliveries of the Ather 450X (and the Ather 450X Series1) will begin next month, while Ather relocates production to the Hosur plant in December.
The Ather 450X was launched amid much fanfare in January and replaces the Ather 450, and while the new electric scooter is more expensive, it is quicker, lighter and faster. While the company was honouring the bookings it received for the Ather 450 before winding down the production, it was also offering customers the option to convert those bookings to the new 450X.
The Ather 450 uses a 2.4 kWh battery pack and puts out 5.4 kW and 20 Nm of torque. The scooter weighs 118 kg and can accelerate from 0 to 40 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Ather 450 returns a range of 75 km in Eco, 65 km in Ride and 55 km in the Sport mode.
Compared to its regular sibling, the Ather 450X loses 10 kg (108 kg), gets a 2.9 kWh battery pack (up from 2.71 kWh) and makes 6 kW, with 26 Nm of torque. The range, too, has increased to 85 km (from 75 km) and the 450X gets an additional riding mode in the form of the ‘Warp,’ lingo likely derived from the sci-fi universe of Star Trek. The 450X Pro charges faster at 1.5 km/min, up from 1 km/min.
Ather has endowed the 450X 4G and Bluetooth support and the software now runs Android (Snapdragon 212 processor) instead of Linux. The Ather 450X will be made available in 11 major cities in India by Q1 2021 and the company plans to expand the Ather Grid charging network as well. The price of the Ather 450X is Rs 1.59 lakh ex-showroom in Bengaluru (including GST and FAME II incentive).