Hero MotoCorp’s recently launched debut electric scooter, the Vida V1, will be compatible with Ather’s nationwide public fast-charging network. Hero is a major stakeholder in the Bengaluru-based company, and down the line, Ather e-scooters will be able to use Hero’s network as well since both brands use Ather’s open-sourced connector design.
V1 has fast-charging capability at the rate of 1.2km/min
Hero has also tied up with BPCL to set up charging stations
Hero and Ather charging network compatibility: details
Hero MotoCorp has ensured that its first electric product, the Vida V1 e-scooter, hits the ground running. Not only does the electric scooter have removable batteries and fast-charging capabilities built in, it can also make full use of Ather’s nationwide DC fast-charging network, which has 350 stations operational. No other electric two-wheeler manufacturer in the country has its fast-charging network up and running except for Ather Energy.
Hero also has plans to set up its own widespread fast-charging network which will be compatible with all Ather products in the future. Both variants of the Vida V1 electric scooter have fast-charging capability at the rate of 1.2km/min (slightly lower than the Ather’s 1.5km/min), which enables them to charge from 0-80 percent in less than 65 minutes (claimed).
Further, Hero has also tied up with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited to set up charging stations all across India. Coupled with Hero’s plans to export its Vida V1 e-scooter to European markets, Hero has big plans afoot for the EV space.