One of India’s leading electric two-wheeler company, Ather Energy has announced that their flagship scooter, the Ather 450 is now compliant with FAME II which is the Government Of India’s ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles’. FAME India is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission.
To receive subsidy under the FAME II scheme, the Original Equipment Manufacturers are required to localise at least 50% of the parts ex-factory value. Once they are certified by the authorities, such as ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) under Rule 126 of CMVR (Central Motor Vehicle Rules), they are eligible to receive an incentive of INR 10,000 per kWh (kilo Watt hour).
The Ather 450 will receive an increased incentive of INR 27,000 under the FAME II scheme and Ather Energy has continued to receive orders through the month of April for the scooter and it will deliver the scooters to its customers starting in the next couple of weeks along with the benefits of the new subsidy.
The deliveries were on hold so that Ather customers could receive these incentives.
Ather Energy plans to install 6,500 charging points, called Ather Grid, across India in 30 cities by the year 2023. Ather 450 and Ather Grid will be available in Chennai in June.
The Ather 450 is powered by a Brush-Less Direct Current motor, that produces an output of 5.4 kW and an instant torque of 20.5 Nm. It is connected to an IP67 rated water and dust resistant 2.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which can deliver a range of (depending on the mode it is used in) 55 km to 75 km on a single charge. The scooter can do a top speed of 80 kmph and can sprint from 0-40 kmph in 3.9 seconds. The fast charging Ather Grid allows it to charge at the rate of 1km/min for up to 80% battery.
The Ather 450 comes with a lot of advanced features such as front and rear disc brakes, a full colour interactive 7-inch capacitive touchscreen instrument console rated to IP65, a reverse mode, smartphone connectivity and more.
The scooter comes with a 2 year/30,000 km vehicle warranty, a 3 year/unlimited km battery warranty and 3 years warranty on the Home Charging Point against manufacturing defects.
The new price of the Ather 450 is INR 1,23,230 (On-Road, Bengaluru).