INDIA’S FIRST SMART ELECTRIC SCOOTER
A new Startup, based in Bengaluru,Ather Energy proudly introduces the S340 – Setting up a trend as India’s first smart electric scooter – Looking at its Appealing and Eye catching Style, many have been waiting for a chance for a test ride.
This India’s first smart electric scooter was unveiled at the Web Summit Surge conference in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
In a previous interaction with media, Ather Energy founder co-founder Tarun Mehta spoke about some of the design philosophies behind the scooter, as well as some of the challenges the company faced in cutting down on its cost and weight, and in extending the battery life cycle.
While a test ride wasn’t on the cards at the company’s headquarters on Saturday morning, Mehta did share details of the dates for pre-orders, as well as a timeline for production and launch cities for the S340, detailing plans of its software features, such as personalised profiles, riding modes like sport and economy, and on board navigation.
Being a Smart Scooter, the S340 has GSM and Bluetooth connectivity. Ather has also made a decision to move from Android to Linux for the dashboard operating system. While we weren’t shown the dashboard, a spokesperson later confirmed that it would use Google Maps for navigation through the web browser.
Users will be able to track the vehicle using their smartphones, remotely control and monitor the vehicle, enable fast charging by using a slider on its app. “You could create custom riding profiles from your mobile phone itself, so that when the vehicle starts, on your profile, those settings will already be pre-saved. So you can specify, what kind of acceleration response, top speed you want, and then save them on your profile, and then go to the vehicle, and select your profile again, those are the exact settings you will find.”
Ather Energy had quoted a range of 50 to 100 kilometres on a single charge. Providing an update on its range, Mehta says that the S340 would probably end up covering 65 kilometres in the city on a full charge. With an additional rider on the back, the range would drop by approximately 15 to 20 percent. “If you ride carefully, more like 70-75 kilometres, though 65 is more realistic, even assuming you ride at good speeds and acceleration, with the assumption that the dashboard and headlights are on,” he says.
Launching Cities and Availability of Ather Energy S340
The S340 will be available for trials and pre-orders in about two and a half months, at experience centres owned and operated by the company. “By the end of the year is when we’ll start shipping. We’re already in February, and March starts soon,” says Mehta. “A few months from now is when we start the preorders and the test trials, and five to six months from there is when we start shipping.”
The S340 will first be available in three cities – Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai. The company will have service centres and experience centres operating in these three cities, Mehta says, where people can come and take a test ride.
Mehta, unveiling the most awaited S340
Production and Manufacturing
Weighing about 85 kilograms, the S340 smart scooter has been designed in-house, and every component (with the exception of the motor) is custom designed by Ather Energy, including the rim and the side-stand. These components needed to be redesigned to be as lightweight as possible.
“The rims specifically for lightness. The chassis for the most part is aluminium,” Mehta explains. “The philosophy behind that is that lightweight is important, any extra material that you ramp on is wastage. We redesigned the side-stand, because we did not like any in the market – ours is flush with the body, it merges very well with the overall body, went with our design language.”
This Innovative startup has taken up a plant for assembly in Whitefield, Bengaluru, to keep production as close as possible to the design centre, and ensure that anything that needs sorting can be handled by the design team in a few hours. While the manufacturing of its components are being outsourced, the scooter is completely assembled, built and tested in Bengaluru. The battery pack is also completely assembled and built by Ather. “Right now we are building it up for 50 units per day capacity, we’ll probably start ramping this sometime next year as we start planning for the next stage,” Mehta says.
We hope to see this Smart Scooter on Indian Roads, Spreading and Encouraging Eco friendly Environment……