On August 11th, 2023, Ather Energy introduced three new scooters on the 450 platform at different price points.
Ather Energy has announced a refreshed product portfolio which will be built on the company’s best-selling 450 platform. The newly launched 450S and the refreshed 450X will be packed with new safety and performance features, including India’s first DeepViewTM Display making its debut in the new 450S.
Features of 450 S
– a battery capacity of 2.9 kWh
– an IDC range of 115 km
– a 0–40 acceleration of 3.9 sec
– a top speed of 90 km/h.
– The vehicle comes with a host of new changes, including DeepViewTM Display, new switchgear, FallSafe™, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), and coasting regen, which improves range by up to 7%, as per a company statement.
– Users can use the Ather Grid fast chargers to charge the 450S at a speed of up to 1.5km/min.
The existing model – 450X, carries over all these upgrades and now also comes with the option to choose between 115 km and 145 km range variants. 450S and 450X users can choose the Pro pack over the core configuration, unlocking Ride Assist, Ather battery protect, AtherStack updates, and Ather Connect (free for 3Y).
Tarun Mehta, Co-Founder & CEO of Ather Energy, said, “Our latest entry-level variant – the 450S breaks new ground in the 125cc performance scooter segment by offering a first-of-its-kind DeepViewTM Display dashboard and a host of never seen before innovative features. The 450S significantly raises the bar in terms of riding pleasure and safety while still delivering on performance. The 450S will appeal to all those who want to enter the electric segment but are seeking the quality and assurance that Ather scooters provide at an accessible price point. Along with the 450S, we are also introducing the 450X in 3kWh and 4kWh capacity providing more options to our customers to choose from our best-selling scooter platform”.
Other advanced features
The 450S and 450X come with new switchgear with an improved tactile feel, two new switch additions, one-click reverse, and a joystick. One-click reverse enables a hassle-free reverse experience, and the joystick enables a host of interactions on the 450S and also improved in-ride interactions on the 450X.
The new FallSafe™ feature, now available in all models, can detect changes in the scooter’s speed, orientation, and acceleration when the rider is about to fall over. This feature switches off the motor (to avoid any further movement, such as skidding) and activates flashing indicator lights to notify those around to step forward to rescue the rider.
Further, Ather brings the new ‘Emergency Stop Signal’, a regulation in Europe, to the Indian market for the first time. This feature is designed to avoid accidents/crashes in panic-braking situations. When an Ather user panic brakes at a speed greater than 50km/h, brake lights blink to give riders behind a visual cue/ warning, thus giving them precious extra time to react.
To improve the battery range, the 450S comes with coasting regen feature that slows the vehicle down while at a steady coast (no acceleration and no manual braking) and recycles the energy back into the battery. Ather has dynamically implemented this feature, ensuring that regen is lower at lower speeds, for people to nib through traffic easily and higher at higher speeds to ensure lower brake usage and improved efficiency. These improvements are said to contribute towards lower brake pad wear and an improved range of up to 7%, depending on modes.
The updated trip planner, apart from giving the most optimal suggestion of route along with a map of Ather Grid chargers, will also provide the option to select riders’ own preferred Ather Grid charger, and the trip will be planned keeping in mind your preferred chargers.
Ather has also made changes to the design of the rear mud flap to reduce the splatter on the pillion while riding on dusty or muddy roads.
Delivery and prices
Deliveries will start in a phased manner, starting with 450X with the 2.9 kWh battery by 3rd week of August, the 450S by the last week of August and 450X with 3.7 kWh battery in October.
Ex-showroom prices (inclusive of FAME II & State Subsidy)
|Market||450S||450X (2.9 kWh)||450X (3.7 kWh)|
|Prices are NOT inclusive of Pro-pack. Pro pack that unlocks a host of features will be priced at INR. 14,000 for the 450S, INR. 16,000 for the 450X with 2.9 kWh battery and INR. 23,000 for the 450 with 3.7 kWh battery.|
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