Chennai, NFAPost: Ather Energy, which intends to launch across 9 new markets in India, has already finalised 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.
“Ather Grid has seen steady adoption in Bengaluru and Chennai and we believe that accessible charging infrastructure is critical before launching our products in any market we enter,” said Ather Energy Chief Business Officer Ravneet Singh Phokela.
While many OEMs have launched electric vehicles in India, Ather has shown its commitment to EV revolution by investing on a 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 has 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.
|Sr. No||City||Some of the upcoming locations in new cities|
|1||Bengaluru (Existing locations)||Forum Malls, Orion Mall, Cafe Azzure, Phoenix Market City, Go Native, Sangeetha Mobiles|
|2||Chennai||VR Chennai, Varsha Jewellers, Sangeetha Mobiles, Chai Kings, SPR Food Street, Mash Resto Café|
|3||Hyderabad||Almond House, Sarath City Capital Mall, The Moonshine Project, Swiss Castle, Chai Kahani|
|4||Pune||Kalyan Bhel, Little Italy, Kalinga Restaurant ,Copacabana, Bliss Bakery Cafe, Hotel KBs Woodland, Eat & Repeat Café|
|5||Kochi||French Toast, Centre Square Mall, Mash Resto Cafe|
|6||Coimbatore||Sangeetha Mobiles, Chai Kings|
|7||Kozhikode||Sixth Avenue Cafe, DR. Cafe, Bun Club|
|8||Kolkata||Millee Droog Cafe Bistro, Cafe by the lane|
|9||Ahmedabad||Sangeetha Mobiles, Little Italy, Royal Archid|
|11||Delhi NCR||Blue Tokai, Vegas Mall, Pacific Mall, Pacific D21 Mall|
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 company said.
“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,” Ravneet Phokela said.
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 6,500 charging points across the country by 2022.