Ather Energy has announced its strategic partnership with Godrej Nature’s Basket to expand the presence of its EV fast-charging public network – AtherGrid, in India. The company noted that the 35 locations that Godrej Nature’s Basket operates across the country will host AtherGrid Points, as Ather Energy expands its presence across India. The company is setting up multiple charging points at Godrej Nature’s Basket locations in to bring accessibility and convenience to EV users. The first charging point out of this association is up and running at the Nature’s Basket outlet in Sadashivnagar, Bengaluru.
The electric two-wheeler company began delivery of its Ather 450 scooters in September, 2018. It has its charging infrastructure, AtherGrid, currently at 24 locations with 31 charging points operational in Bengaluru. The fast charging network is accessible, free of cost, for all EVs in the city until September, 2019, the company noted.
The company set up its charging network with the focus on accessibility, On average, most AtherGrid Points are said to be no more than 4 km driving distance from the next. Bengaluru-based Ather Energy has also announced its expansion plans for Chennai, which will be rolled-out with the establishment of AtherGrid ahead of the commercial launch of the vehicles. Ather will also be setting up 10-15 charging points before the commercial launch of the scooters in Chennai, and are actively seeking partnership with progressive-minded institutions in the city.
Ravneet Phokela, Chief Business Officer, Ather Energy, said that for the company partnering with a brand like Godrej Nature’s Basket was a natural choice for AtherGrid. Their wide network and ease of accessibility allows Ather Energy to offer charging at locations that fit seamlessly into its consumers’ lives, he added. Phokela further said that the company is excited about bringing newer locations for Bengaluru residents to charge their EVs at and take the first step towards a pan-India expansion.