Automobiles of tomorrow will operate at the intersection of connectivity, data and intelligence. Big data will add a new dimension to the evolution of performance and safety aspects. But the next big leap in automobiles would be driven by the vehicle’s ability to connect to the larger eco-system as well as leveraging data for vehicle level optimisation and delivering a personalised and intuitive ride experience. Ather Energy is all set to enter this phase of automobile evolution with the launch of its ‘smart’ scooter, the S340. It will debut at SURGE on February 23. The scooter is the maiden venture of Ather Energy, a Bangalore based technology start-up by IIT graduates, Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain. The company has received funding from Tiger Global, Flipkart founders Sachin and Binny Bansal.
Ather Energy S340 Smart Scooter
Ather Energy’s S340 ‘Smart’ scooter is the future as we start depending on electric vehicles. It is a beautifully designed scooter that comes with a smart dashboard – an Android based platform which enables navigation and gives access to a fully personalized dashboard UI. It supports fast charging that charges 0-80% in just one hour.
The S340 has a top speed of 75 Kmph and it goes 0-60 Kmph in just 11 seconds. The scooter is 20% lighter than current petrol scooters and also comes with navigation and theft prevention.
Coming to its revolutionary battery, it comes with a Lithium-ion battery pack with integrated digital battery management system, which has been designed in-house by Ather. It lasts 10 times longer compared to other batteries and will give 50,000 Km life. It weighs just 15 kg.
What is SURGE?
SURGE is Web Summit’s first conference in India. Web Summit is one of the biggest and most popular technology summits globally that is known to be a great platform for start-ups and investors. Over the last few years, Web Summit has seen the participation of technology players ranging from Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Google to the most exciting start-ups including Airbnb and Uber.
On this occasion, Tarun Mehta, CEO and Co-Founder of Ather Energy, said:
“Our focus on connectivity and data analytics enables us to offer a unique ride experience. Access to system level data open the possibilities of understanding ride behaviour on a continuous basis and update vehicle parameters based on it. To start with the S340 comes with a touchscreen dashboard that provides on-board navigation, the ability to create personalised profiles with preferred vehicle settings, ride modes and a host of features. With electric set to be future of automobiles, Ather has built a high-speed electric scooter – with a powerful Li-ion battery pack and sub-one hour charging.
We are very thrilled to be part of SURGE as it is one of the most influential technology summits in the world. We believe that this is the ideal platform to launch a data driven product which is envisioned to be part of a larger connected ecosystem. The launch will bring to fruition the exciting journey that we started two years ago.”
Tarun is also a speaker at SURGE and will share his perspective on “Why vehicles of the future will be electric and connected”, a belief that has led to the creation of the S340.
In an ecosystem dominated by software players, Ather Energy is among the few hardware start-ups in India. Their first product, the S340 is completely designed in-house and will commence commercial production in Bengaluru later this year.