Ather Energy has announced the
launch of their charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), AtherGrid,
which is open to all EVs. The company, known for their intelligent, electric
scooter S340, has begun installations of the intelligent and connected charging
stations across the city of Bangalore. Thirty charging points will be set up by
the end of May 2018. By the end of the year, 60 charging points will be
available in Bangalore. With this, there will be a charging station within 4 km
driving distance from any point in the city.
This is the largest charging infrastructure effort in an Indian city.
Installed at malls, cafes,
restaurants, tech parks, multiplexes and gyms, they have been selected to cater
to both, four wheelers and two wheelers. For this, Ather has partnered with
host locations, who have installed Points pro-bono at their premises to offer a
convenient experience for all EV owners in the city. To improve EV ownership
experience and increase adoption, AtherGrid and its accompanying app will be
offered for free for the next 6 months to all electric vehicle owners. Using
cloud connectivity, consumers can find the nearest Point available and navigate
to the charging location using the app. Remotely monitoring charge status and
integrated payment options offers EV owners a seamless charging experience.
Commenting on the launch,
Tarun Mehta, Co-founder and CEO, Ather Energy said, “Electric vehicles cannot
become a viable alternative without making charging infrastructure availability
a greater priority. It is critical for us to make public charging convenient
and accessible. This is an important step towards increased adoption and
acceptance of electric vehicles and in the long run will have a positive effect
on the cost of the vehicles themselves. The number of entrepreneurs and
businesses that have come aboard to be a part of AtherGrid is also a testament
to the future of electric vehicles. As we prepare ourselves for the launch of
the Ather S340, Bangalore was a natural choice to be the home city for
AtherGrid. Range anxiety and the inconvenience associated with charging will
not be a deterrent to adoption, as the industry grows.”
Ather’s Points have been
designed and manufactured in India, keeping in mind the needs of the domestic
power grid. Safety features ensure that electricity is drawn only when
connected to a vehicle and protects vehicles from overcharging with auto power
cut off. Electric vehicles will be protected from undervoltage, overvoltage and
overcurrent. And with an IP55 rated body
it is safe to use in any weather.
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