Hero MotoCorp and Ather Energy Collaborate for Interoperable Fast-Charging Network
By siliconindia | Wednesday, 06 December 2023, 05:41:05 PM IST
Hero MotoCorp and Ather Energy Form Alliance for Pioneering Interoperable Fast-Charging Network for Electric Two-Wheelers in India. In a groundbreaking collaboration announced, Hero MotoCorp and Ather Energy are set to establish the world's first interoperable fast-charging network for electric two-wheelers in India. This partnership allows seamless access for electric vehicle (EV) users to utilize both Hero VIDA and Ather Grids nationwide. The comprehensive network is slated to encompass 100 cities, providing access to over 1,900 fast-charging points.
"This largest charging network in the country will go a long way in providing a seamless and convenient ownership experience to customers. This fastest-growing network utilizes the government-approved approved connector-standard, thus ensuring current and future customers will be able to use and charge their vehicles without any hassles in the future", said Dr Swadesh Srivastava, Chief Business Officer, Emerging Mobility BU, Hero MotoCorp.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has recently granted approval to the Light Electric Combined Charging System (LECCS), marking India's inaugural domestically developed AC and DC Combined Charging connector standard for light electric vehicles. Utilizing the 'My VIDA' and Ather App, customers can effortlessly locate and navigate to charging stations. The interoperability feature ensures users can identify compatible locations, find the nearest charging station, check its availability, and receive navigation guidance to the chosen station.
"It’s a massive win for Indian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to collaborate on scaling up charging infrastructure. This partnership will pave the way for consumers to access an extensive network of charging stations across the country, alleviating range anxiety", said Swapnil Jain, Co-founder and CTO, Ather Energy. Any OEM that adopts the LECCS standard will have access to Ather Grid across India, he added.
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