Ather Energy has unveiled Ather Grid 2.0, its next-generation prepared public fast-charging infrastructure on Sunday. Encompassing enhanced features, the charging network has already begun to be installed in Bangalore and Chennai and will be soon available across other cities in the country.
The new-gen public charging network will be capable of providing faster charging as compared to the company’s current charging grids as well as enhanced safety and faster bug resolution, according to the company. Grid 2.0 will support Over-the-Air updates, allowing new features and bug fixes to all systems on the field in real-time.
The upgraded charging network will also come with better durability as the company claims that it is “designed to handle degradation, making it suitable for installations in areas exposed to extreme environmental conditions.” The grid gets a modular design that enables field serviceability of parts with the help of remote diagnostic. The company says that the Grid 2.0 will stay connected at all times, thus providing real-time availability of all charging locations in all cities.
Speaking on this development Nilay Chandra, VP, Charging Infrastructure and Marketing, Ather Energy said “At Ather Energy, we have been continuously focusing on evolving and providing the best customer experience. With the introduction of Ather Grid 2.0, we will be able to fast track our ambition of setting up 500 fast-charging infrastructure by the end of this year. Our charging infrastructure will be available to all players who adopt the connector standard and we are in the advanced stages of conversation with multiple partners for the same. For us, this is the beginning of the Ather Grid network’s expansion, and it is critical to make charging infrastructure convenient and easily accessible to consumers in order to boost the adoption of electric vehicles.”
The company has been eyeing the country’s biggest electric vehicle public charging infrastructure and over the years, it has established one of the largest fast-charging networks for electric two-wheelers. The Ather Grid charging network is currently spread across more than 215 locations, spanning 21 Indian cities. Ather Energy aims to add 500 Ather Grid locations by the end of FY22, with all new installations being Ather Grid 2.0. The rapid charging network is available to all electric two-wheelers and electric four-wheelers, and it is free of charge until the end of December 2021.