Ather Energy releasing Patents
Ather Energy, India
Many electric scooters manufactured in India currently do not support rapid charging technology, however the Ather 450X and 450 Plus do. That’s why the firm has opted to share its technology with other OEMs so that everyone can use it and it will benefit the industry and user.
The goal is to create a universal adapter standard, which will significantly accelerate the fast-charging network and EV adoption.
Universal EV Connector
For cars, there are a range of EV connector standards; however, the same cannot be said for two-wheelers, just leaving Chinese market in the world. So, for its 450 scooter, Ather Energy had to build its own connector, according to Tarun Mehta, co-founder and CEO. The firm is now considering making its patented connector technology open source for other OEMs to use.
Like the tech world has adopted the USB – C, the goal is to create a universal adapter standard, which will significantly accelerate the fast-charging network and EV adoption.
What are the benefits?
Customers will have an additional charging choices with a universal charging connector design. Electric two wheelers, for the most part, are currently only rechargeable using their own chargers. Most of the governments as well as ours have expressed interest in doing so, but Ather is taking the initiative without wasting anytime.
Ather presently offers over 200 public fast chargers. With a uniform architecture, EVs from different manufacturers will be able to use the same public fast charging network.
Why Ather is pushing this?
Because Ather does not charge OEMs any fees or royalties, it could appear that there is no practical advantage to the firm. A dedicated support staff will work with OEMs to integrate Ather’s technology, in addition to opening its intellectual property (IP). There are currently discussions underway with many OEMs and adding this technology will not be difficult from an engineering standpoint, according to the firm.
A major advantage of Ather’s public charging infrastructure is it will be much more valuable if several electric vehicles can utilise it, allowing for a faster development of the system. In addition, the overall attraction of electric vehicles will increase if buyers have access to a larger charging network.