Ather readies new models and exports after subsidy cuts: Report

The company is now working on two new models, one of which will be launched six months earlier than originally planned.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 18 Sep 2023 Views icon3527 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
Ather readies new models and exports after subsidy cuts: Report

Indian electric scooter maker Ather Energy will accelerate new model launches at home and test export markets, its chief executive informed Reuters.

India's electric scooter market is small but growing, with e-models accounting for 5% of total scooter and motorcycle sales in the last fiscal year against a government target of 70% by 2030, the newswire said. But in a surprise move in May, the government, without explanation, slashed cash incentives to a maximum of 15% of the price before taxes from 40% earlier. The next month, total e-scooter sales more than halved. 

CEO Tarun Mehta said in an interview to the newswire that the company is now working on two new models, one of which will be launched six months earlier than originally planned.

"The transition to electric vehicles could have been faster if not for the (subsidy) change but even then, there will be no major impact in the mid to long term," he told Reuters.

"This shift means we are having to fast track product launches and invest more in product development," he added.

As part of a long-term growth strategy, Ather is aiming for more than 50% of its sales to come from global markets by the end of the century, Mehta said.
Ather, India's third-largest e-scooter maker after Softbank Group-backed (9984.T) Ola Electric and local TVS Motor (TVSM.NS), plans to add a scooter designed for use by different members of a family to its current two-model lineup aimed at individual riders, Mehta said.

Valued at around $750 million, Ather will raise more money before the end of 2023 to back its growth plans, he informed the newswire without giving more details.

A source with direct knowledge of Ather's plans said the company is looking to raise an amount similar to the $108 million garnered from existing shareholders Hero MotoCorp (HROM.NS) and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC in a recent rights issue.

Ather will also pilot sales in one Asian export market in a couple of months.

"India will not only be the largest market in the world for electric two-wheelers but also the largest exporter," he said.

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