Ather Energy has started setting up the company's fast charging network, Ather Grid in Chennai. In all, between 50-55 Ather Grid points will be set up in Chennai and running by the end of the year. The fast charging network can be used by all electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers and Ather is offering this facility free of charge till the end of 2019. Chennai has 7 active fast charging Ather Points installed and is the second city in India to have Ather's charging network after Bengaluru.
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"Ather Grid has seen steady adoption in Bengaluru and we believe that accessible charging infrastructure is critical before launching our products in any market we enter. We have already signed up with multiple partners and will add 50 charging points by the end of the year. Chennai was a natural choice for our expansion as the auto hub of the country and as the birthplace of Ather in IIT Madras. We are working on setting-up the charging network and our experience centre - Ather Space - in time for the launch of the Ather 450 in the coming weeks," said Ravneet Phokela, Chief Business Officer.
With the installation of the charging network, Ather Energy officially makes its foray into Chennai. The city will also have its own experience centre - Ather Space - and pre-orders for the Ather electric scooters for Chennai will open in June. The charging network is supported by the Ather Grid app which allows all EV owners to locate and check the availability of the nearest charging stations in real time. Currently, the Ather Grid network spans across 31 charging points across 24 locations in Bengaluru and 7 locations in Chennai. The company plans to expand the network and set up charging points in 30 cities by 2023.
Ather Energy was founded in 2013 by IIT Madras alumni Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain, and last year the company launched its two smart-connected electric scooters, the Ather 340 and the Ather 450. Ather Energy is backed by founders of Flipkart, Tiger Global and Hero MotoCorp. The company currently operates in Bengaluru and will be officially launching operations in Chennai in June 2019, followed by other major cities across the country.