Ather Energy based out of Bangalore is working towards launching a revolutionary electric scooter in India. The company’s aim is to launch not a “good-enough” e-scooter, but rather the best e-scooter in the country. The e-scooter is expected to match petrol scooters for performance.
Tiger Global Management has now invested $12 million in this promising start-up. The funding will allow Ather Energy to develop, test and launch their product efficiently. Ather believes the funding will also helping in evolving the product before the final launch. The company is currently in the prototype testing stage, with test rides to be made available for the public soon.
The Ather electric scooter (e-scooter) will come with a smart, android based dashboard which features a navigation system and a battery management system. An on-board vehicle control unit customizes the vehicle’s parameters based on rider usage profile.
Ather’s engineers are hoping to change the way electric scooters are perceived, by focussing on creating light weight, highly efficient battery packs. In fact, the company claims that the weight of the lithium ion battery pack is about 15% lesser than most of the other batteries in the market. Once fully charged, the company claims that the scooter will deliver unbelievable range. A useful feature on the scooter is the fast charge dock that allows you to achieve 80% of charge in less than an hour. The scooter has a claimed top speed of 75 kmpl and a 0-60 kmpl figure of about 11 seconds.
You can soon experience the Ather electric scooter by test riding it at your convenience. The intuitive Ather Energy website allows you to book a test drive online. Expect the bike to go on sale in Chennai, Bangalore and Delhi in early 2016.