Ather 450X test rides in new cities begin, deliveries start next month

Ather Energy has started its Phase 1 expansion and begun operations in new cities. The company is offering Ather 450X test rides in Ahmedabad and Pune. The Ather 450X delivery date for these and many other cities is November 2020.

This is the first time that Ather Energy is offering a product in western India. Until now, it was present in only the south, in two cities: Bengaluru and Chennai. The company has tied-up with Kataria Group in Ahmedabad, BU Bhandari in Pune and Kamal Motors in Mumbai for the dealerships and workshops.

Ravneet Singh Phokela, CBO and Tarun Mehta, CEO & Co-founder Ather Energy with Series 1, collector's edition of Ather 450X
Ather 450X customers who made the booking before its launch (28.01.2020) will have a no-cost upgrade option to go for a limited-production Ather 450X Series 1.

Ather 450X deliveries in Hyderabad, Kochi and Kolkata also begin next month. In December this year, Ather Energy will start delivering Ather 450X in Delhi and Mumbai. Coimbatore and Kozhikode, the final cities to receive the new electric scooter under the company’s Phase I expansion, will have to wait until Q1 2021.

The Ather 450X is an improved version of the Ather 450 which has been discontinued. It has a 2.61 kWh battery instead of the old model’s 2.4 kWh unit, along with a new and more efficient battery management system (BMS). The new BMS allows 45% speedier charging rate and brings a significant increase in standby time, meaning that the battery won’t drain as easily. The battery cells are also different, 21700-type Li-ion as against the old model’s 18650-type Li-ion.

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The Ather 450X packs several performance upgrades and some new features as well. Its main equipment highlight is a new 7-inch touchscreen dashboard with a colour depth of 16M, a Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor, 4G SIM card, Wi-Fi and BlueTooth. There’s also a cheaper version called Ather 450 Plus, with lower performance parameters and the omission of Bluetooth.

ParameterAther 450 Plus SpecsAther 450X Specs
Usable Battery Capacity2.4 kWh2.61 kWh
Motor Peak Power5.4 kW6 kW
Motor Peak Torque22 Nm26 Nm
Acceleration (0-40 km/h)3.9 seconds3.3 seconds
Ride ModesSport, Ride & EcoSport, Ride, Eco & Warp
TrueRange70 km85 km
Normal Charging SpeedTBD3 hours 35 minutes (0-80%)/5 hours 45 minutes (0-100%)
Fast Charging Speed10 km/10 min15 km/10 min
Price (ex-showroom)1.49 lakh (Bengaluru)1.59 lakh (Bengaluru)

Ather Energy is yet to release the new prices of the 450X and the 450 Plus in markets outside Bengaluru. In Ather’s hometown, the 450X is priced at Rs 1.59 lakh (Incl. GST and FAME II incentive) and the Ather 450 Plus is priced at Rs 1.49 lakh in Bengaluru (Incl. GST and FAME II incentive). The second ownership model for the 450 is the battery subscription when customers pay Rs 99,000 for the vehicle and a monthly subscription starting of either Rs 1,699 (Plus) or Rs 1,999 (Pro).