Ather Energy, a Bangalore-based manufacturer of electric two-wheelers, announced on Sunday the introduction of Ather Grid 2.0, the company’s next generation of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The next-generation fast charging infrastructure network has expanded capabilities such as over-the-air (OTA) technology updates.
Ather has begun implementing the new fast-charging network in Bengaluru and Chennai and will shortly begin operations in additional Indian cities.
Compared to the company’s existing charging grids, the new public charging network can provide faster charging as well as faster problem correction for this system. The OTA upgrades on Ather Grid 2.0 allow the EV maker to remotely and in real-time deploy new features and bug fixes to all grids.
The new Ather Grid 2.0 charging network, according to the company, will be more durable and suited for use in locations subjected to harsh climatic conditions due to its ability to handle degradation. In addition, its modular architecture will allow for component servicing and remote diagnosis. According to the company, the Grid 2.0 would remain connected at all times, making all charging stations in all cities instantly available in real-time.
The company has been eyeing the greatest public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the country and has constructed one of the country’s largest fast-charging networks for electric two-wheelers over the years. Currently, the Ather Grid charging network covers 215 locations, spreading across 21 Indian cities.
By the end of FY22, the company plans to deploy 500 more charging grids throughout cities, all of which will be Ather Grid 2.0. All electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers can utilize the company’s fast-charging network for free until the end of this year. However, there has been no news on what the pricing will be when Ather starts charging users for plugging into its network.
Speaking on the development Nilay Chandra, VP – Charging Infrastructure and Marketing, Ather Energy said, “At Ather Energy, we have been continuously focusing on evolving and providing the best customer experience. With the introduction of Ather Grid 2.0, we will be able to fast-track our ambition of setting up 500 fast-charging infrastructure by the end of this year. Our charging infrastructure will be available to all players who adopt the connector standard and we are in the advanced stages of conversation with multiple partners for the same. For us, this is the beginning of the Ather Grid network’s expansion, and it is critical to make charging infrastructure convenient and easily accessible to consumers in order to boost the adoption of electric vehicles.”
Ather Energy located in Bangalore now sells the 450 Plus and the 450X electric scooters in India. Using Ather’s fast-charging Ather Grid, the Ather 450 Plus is said to have a ‘true’ 70-kilometer driving range and an additional 10-kilometer range boost per 10 minutes of charging time.
On the other hand, the 450X promises to have a ‘true range’ of 85 kilometers on a single charge with the capacity to recuperate 15 kilometers of range every 10 minutes using a fast charger. The Ather 450X can also respond to calls with the help of Bluetooth and control your music.
Thoughts On the Ather Grid 2.0
As an EV manufacturer based in Bangalore, Ather chose to step up its game in terms of charging via Ather Grid 2.0. We commend the fact that manufacturers are stepping up to the plate to provide charging infrastructure in India, given the growing popularity of EVs in the country.