Ather 450X now has an all-new avatar, one that promises a higher range on a single charge and several new features that were absent from the outgoing model. Alongside, the company has also introduced Ather 450 Plus with a more modest performance and a corresponding price tag. With these, Ather Energy wishes to compete with the ever-increasing number of electric scooters making their way to the Indian market, as part of the ongoing EV revolution in the country.
The new EVs were introduced as the Ather’s third-generation of electric scooters at a recent launch event. The highlight of the launch was the new Ather 450X Gen 3, which ups the performance on the Gen-2 model with a larger battery as well as a new motor. The Ather 450 Plus carries similar improvements, thanks to the components.
Here is a look at all the upgrades that the new 450X brings, and what they mean for the popular e-scooter in India. Before that, let us have a look at its price and financing options in detail.
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Gen 3 Ather 450X, Ather 450 Plus: Price
The new Gen 3 Ather 450X has been launched in India at a price of Rs 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Meanwhile, the Ather 450 Plus has been priced at Rs 1.17 lakh. This price varies from city to city, and on an average, the electric scooters are now about Rs 5,000 costlier than the outgoing models.
Ather is also providing leasing and loan options on the purchase of its new EVs and interested buyers can calculate the EMI for these on the official Ather website.
Gen 3 Ather 450X, Ather 450 Plus: What’s New?
The biggest upgrade on the new Ather 450X and 450 Plus is a larger battery that now measures 3.7kWh in capacity. The usable capacity from this is limited to 3.24kWh in 450X and 2.6kWh in 450 Plus. This is a significant improvement over the outgoing model’s 2.9kWh battery pack.
In use, the larger battery is able to cover larger distances in a full charge. This means that the Ather 450X can now go up to 105km in the e-scooter’s Eco mode. This is the real-world range, while the ARAI-certified range for the scooter goes up to 146km. On the Ather 450 Plus, the ARAI range now goes up to 108km, while the real world range is 85km in Eco mode, up from its previous 100km and 70km respectively.
With the larger battery pack, the new Ather electric scooters are also heavier than before, with the kerb weight now measuring 111.6kg.
Other than the battery, we also see a new electric motor on both Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus. The new motor churns out a maximum power of 6.2kW on the 450X, while that on the 450 Plus maintains the 5.4kW peak power seen on the outgoing variant. Continuous power output is still the same for both the scooters though at 3.3kW, as is the torque, at 26Nm for the 450X and 22Nm for the 450 Plus.
Other hardware upgrades include a wider pair of wheels, with the Ather scooter now having 100/80-12 rear tyres, up from the 90/90-12 of the previous versions. This should help the Ather EVs have a better grip on the road in all weather conditions. The scooter also get new single-cast, aluminium rear view mirrors and a new aluminium sidestep.
For software, Ather has now upped the RAM of the dashboard to 2GB, from the 1GB RAM seen on the previous versions.