Ather opens use of its fast-charging connector to other electric two-wheeler makers

Since its inception, Ather Energy has invested in building a fast-charging network, Ather Grid, and has been providing normal speed charge options to all-electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers free of cost.

By:Updated: Aug 10, 2021 11:16 AM

Ather Energy today announced that the company will offer its proprietary charging connector to other OEMs to adopt for their two-wheelers. This would not only reduce range anxiety by allowing all scooters to access Ather Energy’s 200+ fast chargers but also allow more OEMs to build products on a common standard thus lowering infrastructure investments.

Ather believes that robust charging infrastructure is one of the major drivers in accelerating the faster adoption of electric two-wheelers. In order to maximise the usage and efficiency of charging infrastructure, there need to be common connectors that can be used across products.

Since its inception, Ather Energy has invested in building a fast-charging network, Ather Grid, and has been providing normal speed charge options to all-electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers free of cost.

Opening up Ather Energy’s connector technology will promote the use of a common connector, allowing all EV owners to use any fast charging solution across the country. This should assist in enabling the entire ecosystem to work together to fast-track EV adoption in India.

Need for a new connector standard for fast charging

While there are global standards for electric four-wheelers like the CHADEMO, CCS, etc, there are no connector standards available customised for two-wheeler fast charging, except in China. Two-wheeler fast charging requirements are unique. The shape and size of the vehicle make it infeasible to adopt a four-wheeler charging connector.

Similarly, the same connector would be used for normal as well as fast charging. Indian road environment, temperature, and moisture require a standard designed for Indian conditions with adequate field tests for safety and equipment life.

Designed by Ather, this connector has a combo AC and DC charging with the same connector. This connector size has been designed to be suitable for integration into two-wheelers and three-wheelers with the ability of CAN 2.0 communication with control and proximity pilot. Finally, it is designed for production at low costs, which allows it to be used in mass segment vehicles.

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