The Ather 450 electric scooter has received its sixth over-the-air update since its launch last year. Customers of the e-scooter in Bengaluru and Chennai have received the newest update - 4.1.0 that brings a number of enhancements to the model. This includes onboard navigation and a smoother touchscreen experience on the model. According to the company's website, the dashboard now allows you to drop a pin to locate a destination that is not listed on the maps. The system also now allows automatic rerouting when the rider goes off-route, instead of manually selecting to accept or reject the new route.
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Ather Energy develops its own maps instead of utilising Google Maps as a base. The updates also allow frequent data sync between the vehicle and the phone app to stay up-to-date. Furthermore, the Ride Statistics feature will get priority sync on the electric scooter with it being a widely used feature, according to the company. The changes will automatically roll out on the Ather 450 customer vehicles with the built-in GSM unit, making it as simple as upgrading a mobile phone.
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Since its introduction, the Ather 450 has seen significant changes including the addition of the Eco mode, optimised motor cooling and firmware update (Update 4.0.3). A previous update brought guide-me-home light, two trip meters, and pre-emptive safety alerts (Update 2.0.1). The dashboard was also updated with the option to save a destination as favourite, check the remaining battery percentage and access to the recommended tyre pressure.
The Ather 450 is powered by a BLDC motor that produces a 20.5 Nm of peak torque and peak power output of 5.4 kW (7.2 bhp). The scooter can sprint from 0-40 kmph in 3.9 seconds. The scooter promises a top speed of 80 kmph and a range of 55-75 km on a single charge from the 2.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. More recently, the start-up announced an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government to set-up a 400,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility in Hosur that will only cater to vehicle production but battery manufacturing as well. The new plant will have a production capacity of up to five lakh units per annum and will employ over 4000 personnel.