Ather offers its charging connector to other EV players

Date: December 05, 2023.Ather Energy has announced that it is willing to help other EV players adopt its charging connector free of cost. The company’s charging connector, which can support both AC and DC charging, has been recognized as a standard by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). This recognition applies specifically to light electric vehicles (LEVs), such as electric two- and three-wheelers, and micro cars.

The company’s Chief Business Officer (CBO) Ravneet S Phokela said that Ather Energy has an intellectual property (IP) on the charging connector. The company is in talks with multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for its adoption. He mentioned that Ather Energy’s engineers can collaborate with engineers from other OEMs to expedite the adoption process. They can also share their expertise and experience in the collaboration.

“We have no intention of imposing charges for this initiative. Taking a broader philosophical stance, our goal is not to engage in competition regarding the infrastructure aspect. Instead, we aim to foster collaboration on the charging side while maintaining healthy competition on the vehicle side. Our overarching objective is to expedite the harmonization of charging infrastructure,” emphasized Phokela.

Furthermore, he highlighted the advantageous outcomes of adopting a standardized charging connector. This standardization not only facilitates independent businesses in establishing charging stations without concerns about compatibility with diverse EV models. It also serves as a catalyst for accelerating the widespread adoption of electric mobility in India.

Additionally, Ather Grid, the company’s own charging network, will grow from 1,600 to 2,500 by March 2024. The company has priced its two current electric scooter models, Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus, at Rs 1.59 lakh and Rs 1.39 lakh, respectively. In addition to the current 4 lakh units, the corporation plans to increase capacity to 10 lakh units annually and is searching for a new EV facility.

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