EV Maker Ather Energy sets up fast charging network in Mumbai
In April 2021, Bengaluru-based EV maker Ather Energy announced the setting up of its fast charging network Ather Grid here in collaboration with startup Park+. As per the release, as many as 10 charging points are already live at various key locations across Mumbai and the firm is also planning to have at least 30 such points by next year.
Ather said it has set up 128 public fast charging points across 18 cities in the country as part of the network, which can be used by all electric two-wheelers and electric four-wheelers. This makes Ather Energy, one of the few companies in India to have set up and contributed towards building an ecosystem for electric vehicles in the country.
While many OEMs have launched electric vehicles in India, Ather has shown their commitment to EV revolution by investing on a public infrastructure and alleviating range anxiety amongst consumers. Ather Grid fast charging network can be used by all electric two-wheelers and electric four-wheelers and can charge the Ather 450X at 15 km in 10 minutes.
Ather Energy has signed MOUs with partners like VR Mall, PPZ mall management, restaurant and cafe chains like Little Italy, Blue Tokai, Chai Kings, retail outlets like Sangeetha mobiles, and now has access to more than 250 locations across the country.
The charging network is supported by Grid app, which allows all EV owners to locate and check the availability of the nearest charging stations in real-time. This facility is being offered free of charge to everyone till September this year, it added.
Delhi-based Park+ offers a smart parking solution that allows users to locate parking, book slots and pay digitally. In 2019, Amit Lakhotia, who has worked in successful startups like MakeMyTrip, Paytm, and Tokopedia, launched Park+, a new smart parking solution startup that aims to be the BookMyShow for parking.