The electric vehicle industry in our country is registering steady growth as more and more people are getting inclined towards EVs. But one of the main hindrances in this electric revolution in our country is the scarcity of charging infrastructure. Ather Energy is one of the leading companies in the EV sphere and is constantly working towards a sustainable frame for EVs. “Ather Grid has seen steady adoption in Bengaluru & Chennai and we believe that accessible charging infrastructure is critical before launching our products in any market we enter,” said Ravneet Singh Phokela, Chief Business Officer, Ather Energy.
Holding true to this, Ather Energy, that intends to launch across 9 new markets in India has already finalized setting up 135 public fast-charging stations.
Ather Energy has 37 fast-charging stations in Bengaluru and 13 in Chennai, taking the total count to 150 fast-charging stations across India. This makes Ather Energy, one of the few companies in India to have set up and contributed towards building an ecosystem for electric vehicles in the country. While many OEMs have launched electric vehicles in India, Ather has shown their commitment to EV revolution by investing in public infrastructure and alleviating range anxiety amongst consumers. Ather Grid fast-charging network can be used by all-electric two-wheelers and electric four-wheelers and can charge the Ather 450X at 15 km in 10 minutes.
Ather Energy has signed MOUs with partners like VR Mall, PPZ mall management, restaurant and cafe chains like Little Italy, Blue Tokai, Chai Kings, retail outlets like Sangeetha mobiles, and now have access to more than 250 locations across the country. The installations of the Ather Grid Points will begin before deliveries of the Ather 450X in November 2020.
As part of Phase 1 of the rapid expansion, Ather Energy will install about 5-10 fast charging points before delivery in each of the new markets they are expanding to. Ather Energy will continue to partner with more progressive hosts which can offer EV owners easy accessibility, curb range anxiety, and ease the adoption of electric vehicles in India.
The Ather Grid is supported by the Ather Grid app which allows all EV owners to directly ascertain available and unavailable locations on the home screen. The application also has filters and information related to 4+wheeler friendly locations, availability of free and paid parking, location timings and more. Ather Energy targets to set-up 6500 charging points across the country by 2022.
“What the market needs right now is more visibility of the charging infrastructure. With increased visibility comes mental comfort, curbing range anxiety. We do not need the density like petrol or CNG gas stations but increased accessibility and faster charging speeds. We will ensure that the Ather Grid is present in prominent locations in every city to build confidence amongst our consumers. I feel proud to be part of the team that is building not just a high-performance scooter but also building the supporting ecosystem with it. It’s a huge investment and we believe it’s a necessary one to improve the adoption of EVs in India” said Ravneet Phokela, Chief Business Officer, Ather Energy.