Smart electric scooter maker Ather Energy has launched its newest product – the 450X Gen-3. Equipped with a bigger (by 25%) and more powerful 3.7 kWh battery, the newest Ather has an ARAI-certified range of 146km and a ‘TrueRange’ of 105km on a single charge. The 450X Gen-3 is priced at Rs 155,657 (ex-showroom, Bangalore) and at Rs 149,934 in Mumbai, Rs 146,340 in Pune and Rs 139,007 in Delhi.
Built on Ather’s proven 450 platform, the 450X Gen-3 gets a host of new features that enhance its performance and ride consistency. The enhanced battery now enables users to ride in the ‘Warp’ (Ather’s high-performance mode) through every ride.
Tarun Mehta, co-founder and CEO, Ather Energy, said, “Ather 450 revolutionised the electric two-wheeler segment in the country and showcased how electric scooters were not just better than its ICE counterparts in terms of performance but also cracked the right product specifications for the industry."
Tarun Mehta: "The 450X Gen 3 will be pivotal in taking the e-two-wheeler truly mainstream as we continue to expand our footprint across the country.”
He added,"The 450X Gen 2 launched in 2020, made EVs truly aspirational and exciting for the Indian market and set the benchmark with its reliable performance and dependability. With the 450X Gen 3, we have doubled down on the performance parameters and taken it to the next level to offer a thrilling experience. The 450X Gen 3 will be pivotal in growing the E2W segment in the country and taking the E2W truly mainstream as we continue to expand our footprint across the country.”
Going with the flow
According to Ather, with the 450X Gen 3’s bigger and more powerful battery, riders get more consistent performance, which is achieved by better thermal management. Essentially, while riding in high-speed modes, the 450X Gen 3 maintains its power throughout the ride, irrespective of terrain, temperature, or load.
Also, the 450X Gen 3 has a new ‘Smart EcoTM Mode’ that allows riders to enjoy cruising in ‘Ride’ mode whilst offering the range of ‘Eco’ mode. The upgraded version will offer five ride modes – Warp, Sport, Ride, SmartEco, and Eco. The maximum power output in Warp mode is 6.2 kW (8.7 hp).
The Ather 450X Gen3 remains strong on ride quality and handling, thanks to the all-aluminium frame. The 450X comes with wider rear tyres aimed to offer better grip while leaning on turns and a shorter braking distance. This has been achieved by a newer compound and improved tread profile, leading to a 22% better grip in all weather conditions. To ensure that ride consistency and handling remain at an optimum level on the vehicle, Ather has introduced the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). TPMS is also crucial to maintaining range as lower tyre pressure increases the pressure on the battery. While TPMS is an accessory, it is an essential fitment to ensure consistency in handling, performance, and range everyday.
On the UI/UX front, the new Ather 450X Gen 3 now features an upgraded dashboard with a re-architected Ather stack and an upgraded 2 GB RAM. This would greatly enhance the performance of memory-intensive applications and will unlock several features for the future like voice commands, multi-language support, heavier graphics, deeper diagnostics, and more. An upgraded RAM also means better performance in higher temperatures.
The Gen-3 of Ather’s flagship variant will continue to offer a larger boot space of (22 litres), providing an ample amount of space to the customer. The scooter will carry over the 7.0-inch touchscreen system, front, and rear disc brakes with regen, 12-inch alloy wheels, a telescopic fork, and a belt drive system.
With growing demand for its scooters, Ather is expanding its retail sales network across the country as well as its manufacturing operations. Ather has expanded its retail footprint to 36 cities with 41 retail stores and plans to expand to 150 experience centres in 100 cities by 2023.
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