Electric two-wheeler startup Ather Energy launched its first product, Ather S340, in Bengaluru on Tuesday at the startup event ‘Surge’.
The company was founded in 2013 by IIT Madras alumni Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain and has since been working on developing India’s first smart electric scooter, and has received funding from Tiger Global and Flipkart founders.
The S340 smart scooty features a lithium ion battery pack with a top speed of 72 kmph and a range up to 60kms. The battery pack uses the 18650 cell format, also seen in Tesla’s Model S electric scooter. It takes 50 minutes to achieve 80 percent charge using the fast charging mode. The S340’s IP67-rated battery pack claims a life cycle of 50,000 kms and a life span of 5-6 years.
The scooty comes with a touchscreen dashboard integrating cloud-based data that helps personalise the consumer ride experience. Some features include a profile-based sign in, onboard navigation and pre-configured drive modes. The scooter comes integrated with a S340 mobile app that helps configure the ride and profile preferences. You can even sync navigation routes. However, co-founder Tarun Mehta told us that they haven’t built the app yet, and are still thinking about it. But the app could help users get an early feel of the product.
Some of the features of the bike can be highlighted as follows:
- Touchscreen dashboard with 24*7 connectivity
- On-board navigation
- Range of 60 km in single charge
- 80% charge in one hour
- Top speed of 72 kmph