Ather Energy will set up a 400,000 sqft electric vehicle manufacturing facility at Hosur in Tamil Nadu. The company has signed an MoU with the state government in this regard. Ather Energy has plans to expand to 30 cities in few years. The new facility will not only cater to the EV manufacturing demand but also for Ather’s lithium ion battery manufacturing. More than 4000 employees will be trained in requisite skills in the EV sector as a part of this initiative over the next five years.
Tarun Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Ather Energy, said, “Ather is rapidly scaling up and we need to expand our production capacity to meet the growing demand. The new unit will help us meet the demand for the next few years across the country. Tamil Nadu has been a hub for automobile manufacturing, and they have been working closely with us in their effort to build an EV ecosystem. A manufacturing facility at Hosur was an ideal choice considering that, it is close to our R&D facilities in Bengaluru and most of the existing and potential future supply base is operating
in the region. The availability of a built-up option of our desired scale and proximity helped in the decision making.”
Ather Energy opened pre-orders in July 2019 for Chennai and pre-orders till December are full. The third batch of Ather 450s are now available with deliveries expected in February – March ’20. The company has been offering test rides at their experience centre, Ather Space in Wallace Garden Street, Chennai. Ather has also been investing in setting up fast-charging infrastructure in Bengaluru & Chennai. Currently, Chennai has ten fast charging points and more will be added in the coming months. Ather is gearing up to launch in Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi and Mumbai soon.