Ather Energy, one of the leading EV scooter brand opened its second manufacturing facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. The facility spread across 300,000 sq. ft will help the brand expand its production capacity to 420,000 units per annum, further enabling the company to fulfill the increasing demand for its flagship scooters the Ather 450X and 450 Plus.
Swapnil Jain, Co-Founder & CTO, Ather Energy said, “Rapid scale up is susceptible to quality issues and delivering safe and reliable products to our customers is our biggest priority while creating a vision for the plant. With deep investments and innovation done on processes and machines, this plant will help us to further strengthen our leadership in delivering quality
vehicles” Ather’s new manufacturing facility houses two units one dedicated to battery production and the other for vehicle assembly. The battery unit will have five assembly lines and the vehicle assembly will have two assembly lines. The entire facility will have an installed capacity of 420,000 units to meet the growing demand for its scooters. The completely state-of-the-art, modern facility is in line with the governments ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and will further boost local manufacturing in the country. With a strong local ecosystem that has been developed, most of the supplier base for Ather Energy is in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Karnataka, making Hosur an ideal location for the factory.
“The new facility has been enabled with Industry 4.0 bringing together data from Testing & Simulation, Process (Industry 4.0), Field (connected vehicle) to deliver electric scooters with world class quality. With a strong focus on manufacturing excellence, we have improved our takt time by 10X and work content by 4X,” he said. Ather Energy plans to strengthen its retail operations by expanding to new markets. The company plans to expand to around 150 Experience Centers in 100 cities by March 2023.
It has also invested heavily in the charging infrastructure to provide a holistic experience to the rider community. Recently the company achieved the milestone of installing 500 fast-charging stations across the country and plans to install 1400 Ather Grids by the end of FY23 to support the growth of the EV industry and facilitate a hassle-free transition to EVs.