Ather has teased the next-gen 450X electric scooter on its social media platforms, with an official launch scheduled for July 19.
Expected to get a larger battery pack, more range
Should also be accompanied by a more powerful motor
Could get a small bump up in price
The Ather 450X has long been one of India’s most competent electric scooters, and in many ways, it continues to be so. But when it comes to the numbers game, it has been surpassed in recent times with newer offerings like the Ola S1 Pro and TVS iQube ST sporting larger battery packs and higher range figures.
Ather is now gearing up to respond with the third gen 450X, and the updated scooter has just been teased on the company’s social media platforms. However, quite a few details about the new scooter are known, thanks to a homologation document that surfaced recently. The document claims that the 450X’s battery pack will grow to 3.66kWh (current capacity is 2.9kWh, with 2.6kWh being usable), and consequently, the certified range has gone up from 116km to 146km. This should translate to the updated 450X offering a real-world range of just over 100km, as opposed to the current 85km.
As a result of the larger battery, the scooter's weight is also expected to go up slightly and sit around the 113kg mark. To ensure performance isn’t impacted by this, the updated 450X is expected to receive a more powerful motor as well. As per its homologation document, peak power for the 450X will be 6.4kW, which is a little higher than the current figure of 6kW. The lower-spec 450 Plus will top out at 5.8kW after the update, as opposed to the present 5.4kW.
The battery pack and motor are the two most expensive components on an electric scooter, and with both these areas growing in specification, it’s quite likely that the updated 450X could be accompanied by a small price hike. However, the larger battery pack will also increase the FAME-II subsidy that the scooter receives, which is calculated proportionate to the battery capacity. So it will be interesting to see where the final price ends up. Our review of the Ather 450X Gen 3 goes live tomorrow, so stay tuned for more updates.