India-based Ather Energy today unveiled, first smart, electric scooter, codenamed as the S340. Packed with a powerful Lithium Ion battery pack, top speed of 72 kmph and a range up to 60 kms, this connected scooter is designed for urban tech lovers.
"The future will be connected and inevitably electric and the Ather S340 has been built as a manifestation of this philosophy," said Tarun Mehta, CEO & Co-Founder. "It is an unapologetically electric vehicle, it has been designed and built mostly in-house with engineering precision."
Structurally robust and intelligently designed, its IP67-rated battery pack offers an uncompromised ride for 50,000 km's. The vehicle achieves an 80% charge in 50 minutes in fast charging mode and can be charged from any 5A normal socket in normal mode.
The touchscreen dashboard integrates cloud-based data to help personalise the consumer ride experience. Features like user profile based sign in, onboard navigation, pre-configured drive modes like sport and economy allow a personalised experience.
Its integration with the S340 Mobile App keeps the rider connected with the vehicle, to configure ride and profile preferences and sync navigation routes remotely.
Predictive analytics and aggregation of ride statistics enable customised recommendations. As more vehicles go in-field, aggregate rider and vehicle data will help in customised vehicle updates that will be delivered automatically over the air. Says Tarun, "Intelligent vehicles will revolutionize our commute experience in future and we have just begun that journey."
Sharing his vision on the industry, he said, "The automobile industry is in the midst of a huge technological disruption. The technology of electric vehicle has advanced in leaps and bounds. It is the preferred choice because of its inherent efficiency that will shape urban commute and the smart cities of tomorrow."
He added, "The other aspect is the connectedness of the world around us, enabling integration of devices and making our life experiences seamless. Intelligent vehicles will revolutionise our commute experience in the future and the S340 stands at the cusp of this exciting reality."
With a manufacturing unit set up in Bangalore, the S340 will be a great showcase of a product truly made in India and will roll out production by the end of this year.
In an industry first, Ather Energy will build an online-only purchase model with doorstep delivery and service. Pre-ordering will be open in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai and Pune in the next quarter. The company also aims at setting up an ambitious public charging infrastructure in every city it will operate in, partnering with government and private enterprises.