Ather e-Scooter S340: India’s own Smart e-Scooter…!!
India’s Bangalore based start-up company Ather Energy is developing an electric two-wheel scooter – the Ather e-Scooter S340. The futuristic looking Ather S340 e-scooter is India’s first smart electric scooter featuring an Android-Tablet based Dashboard. With the android tablet, the rider can view information on power, battery drain, system temperature, distance to the next charge-up and navigation. The tablet can also help track the scooter in case of theft. Ather Energy, which is founded by IIT-Madras alumni Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain, is located inside the IIT-Madras campus.
Ather e-Scooter S340 Features:
Ather S340 is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, which has a life of 50,000 kms. Ather engineers have focussed on weight reduction; thereby optimising the weight to improve its efficiency. Ather e-scooter’s size is similar to that of any 100cc scooter in the market. However, Ather e-scooter is 20% lighter than the other scooters in the market. The e-scooter also provides for enough space to store two full-sized helmets.
Ather e-Scooter poles apart because of its performance. The current prototype is able to attain 0-60 in just 11 seconds with a top-speed of 75 km/h, as claimed by Ather. The engineers have also been able to reduce the charging time of the e-scooter to a record 1.5 hours, whereas a typical e-scooter in the market takes upto 6 to 8 hours for a full charge. Ather e-scooter consumes only 2.5 units of electricity for total charge-up, as claimed by the company. Although there are preliminary readings, they may improve in the final product when it is ready for the launch.
Flipkart’s founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal have taken a keen interest in Ather’s e-scooter project. In December 2014, Ather received funding of US $1 million from Flipkart founders, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal. Recently Tiger Global, one of the leading venture capital investment firms, has also provided US $12 million (Rs. 75.33 Crores approx.) as fresh funding to Ather’s e-scooter project. Ather is planning to offer test rides of S340 from October in Chennai and Bangalore and has provided the sign-up facility for interested people on their website. The launch of e-scooter S340 is scheduled by early 2016 in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi.
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