Hero MotoCorp, Ather Energy partner for interoperable fast-charging network in India

Through this collaboration, EV users will be able to seamlessly use both VIDA and Ather Grids across the country.

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Hero MotoCorp, Ather Energy partner for interoperable fast-charging network in India

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, and Ather Energy have entered into a partnership for an interoperable fast-charging network in India. 

Through this collaboration, EV users will be able to seamlessly use both VIDA and Ather Grids across the country. The combined network will cover 100 cities with over 1900 fast- charging points.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) recently approved Light Electric Combined Charging System (LECCS), India’s first-ever indigenously developed AC and DC Combined Charging connector standard for light electric vehicles. This combined network, which utilises the approved charging system, will be the largest EV charging ecosystem in the country.

This is the first-ever interoperable fast-charging network for EV two-wheelers anywhere in the world. The interoperable network will accelerate EV adoption by
strengthening the overall segment and promoting a convenient ownership experience.

Customers will be able to locate and navigate to the charging stations through the “My VIDA” and Ather App.

Dr. Swadesh Srivastava, Chief Business Officer,  Emerging Mobility BU, Hero MotoCorp, said, "This largest charging network in the country will go a long way in providing a seamless and convenient ownership experience to customers. This
fastest-growing network utilises the government approved connector-standard, thus ensuring current and future customers will be able to use and charge their vehicles without any hassles in the future too. 

Swapnil Jain, Co-founder and CTO, Ather Energy said, “It’s a massive win
for Indian OEMs to collaborate on scaling up charging infrastructure. This partnership will pave the way for consumers to access an extensive network of charging stations across the country, alleviating range anxiety." 

He added that given the technical superiority of LECCS and the fact that it
was Made in India for India,  more OEMs will find it lucrative to adopt this
standard.

"Today we are also committing that any OEM which adopts the LECCS standard will have access to Ather Grid across India. With this interoperability we are already
demonstrating how it is beneficial for all OEMs to be on one standard. We believe that public charging infrastructure for two-wheelers is now set for collaborative expansion,"  Swapnil added. 

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