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Ather Dot is the ideal choice for home charging and it comes with the Ather scooters. But, if you don’t have a fixed parking space, you have an option to go for the portable charger.
Ather Dot (the home charger) and the portable charger both consume around 4 kWh (Rs. 4-8/kWh) of electricity to fully charge an Ather 450X. Depending on the cost of electricity (per unit), one full charge can cost anywhere between ₹20- ₹35.
The portable charger would be compatible with a 15A socket (when used with an adaptor) and a 5A socket Ather Dot comes with a connector that can be plugged into a 5A socket or directly to the circuit breaker.
Both the home charger and the portable charger have been designed keeping in mind different needs and use cases.
Ather Dot - It’s for someone who has a designated parking space, and for intra-city travel needs around 80-100 km. It’s designed for overnight charging, and needs authentication to prevent power thefts. The installation takes care of the power source and all the safety checks. By using additional accessories the charger can be rain proofed, all worries taken care of.
Portable charger - For someone who doesn’t have an allotted parking spot, and travels longer distances where it may be difficult to find Ather Grid (network of fast charging points). Having said that, it’s a fact that many sockets might not meet the safety parameters and the charger may reject them, as the safety of the battery is of utmost importance. You need to be careful while charging, avoid outdoor sockets that don't have rain protection.
Ather Dot - the home charger has been designed to let your vehicle charge overnight when it’s lying idle in your parking lot for almost 6-8 leisurely hours. This is because fast charging frequently can have an adverse effect on the battery. The purpose of a fast charger at public locations is to let you stop by, and quickly top-up your vehicle, on your way; if at all the need arises.
Ather Dot - the home charger can be installed by any professional electrician. A step-by-step installation guide that comes along with the charger, gives detailed instructions to make it easy for any trained electrician to install. If you would like us to install it for you, the standard installation would cost ₹1800 excl. of GST. Additional charges may apply for non-standard installation scenarios.
Standard installation: When your parking spot location is such that the length of wiring from your electricity meter to the parking is around 5m, it’s a standard scenario for installation. The cost of cable, conduit and labour comes up to ₹1800 excl. of GST. Non-standard installation: In case the distance between your parking spot and the electricity meter is higher, and it demands wiring exceeding 5 m, it’s a non-standard scenario for installation. In this case, we charge on actuals for extra wire, routing and the labor.
It’s a valid concern, but not a prevalent issue. Among the installations that we have carried out, very few have had permission issues from the landlord or the society. There could be some initial hesitation, but all they need is more information and understanding. In cases where there have been strong apprehension, we will help you out. Also just so that you know, regular installation involves minimal drilling. It just requires four small 6 mm diameter holes for mounting the point and standard drilling holes for wire routing. It’s like installing a geyser, simple enough to be installed by any trained electrician.
If you wish to purchase an Ather Dot/portable charger additionally, you can get it at a discounted price of ₹12500 incl. GST.
You can charge at Ather Grid for free until 30th Dec 2022. We are working out the pricing for Ather Grid charging and shall communicate the details soon. Until then, enjoy the free charging!