Mrunal Manmay Dash

Indian electric vehicle maker Ather Energy has launched the new and updated third-generation 450X electric scooter on Tuesday.

As per a report in the car and bike, the EV manufacturer has priced it at Rs. 1.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Bengaluru). The model is Rs 5,000 more expensive than the Gen 2 version and comes with several notable improvements over its predecessor.

Pertinent to mention here that Ather has stopped producing the Gen 2 450X and is now accepting bookings for the Gen 3 version. Delivery of the updated electric scooter is set to begin on July 20, 2022.

Speaking on the launch of the 450X Gen 3, Tarun Mehta, Co-Founder & CEO, Ather Energy, said, "Ather 450 revolutionised the E2W segment in the country and showcased how electric scooters were not just better than its ICE counterparts in terms of performance but also cracked the right product specifications for the industry. The 450X Gen 2 launched in 2020, made EVs truly aspirational and exciting for the Indian market and set the benchmark with its reliable performance and dependability.”

“With the 450X Gen 3, we have doubled down on the performance parameters and taken it to the next level to offer a thrilling experience. The Gen 3 also comes in with a bigger battery pack giving us a certified range of 146 kms and TrueRange of 105 kms offering more range to consumers looking for exciting yet reliable and consistently performing electric scooters," Mehta added.

The Ather 450X Gen 3 gets a major update in the form of a bigger 3.7 kWh battery pack, up from 2.9 kWh on the Gen 2 version. It improves the range by 25 per cent and the model now claims a true range of 105 km on a single charge. The certified range has also gone up to 146 km on a single charge, making a major difference in the electric scooter. Other upgrades include bigger rearview mirrors that offer twice as much visibility as well as new tyres co-developed by MRF and Ather. There's also a wider 100-section rear tyre, which improves the handling of the electric offering, the Car and Bike reported.

The 450X Gen 3 retains the same design and chassis. The colour options also remain the same; white, space grey and mint green. You now get a couple of accessories including a side step for the pillion, along with new storage accessories.

Ather has improved its user interface of the scooter replacing the 1 GB unit seen on the current version to the scooter with 2 GB RAM. The new RAM essentially improves the computing speed of the dashboard so you can type faster, maps load faster and you can switch between apps more seamlessly. Ather also says that the unit opens room for adding more complex functions in the future, which can be introduced via OTA updates.