As we had reported in the city report, the Ather 450X’s seat is too soft and uncomfortable for anything over an hour’s of usage. So, it didn’t come as a surprise when Neil complained about the uncomfortable pillion seat. Besides the soft seat, there’s not much space to move around either.
Another issue we faced was that riding two-up requires you to wring the throttle to the stops to extract the needed performance in Sport and Warp modes. This resulted in more power consumption, and the range dropped considerably. That’s when we thought of charging the scooter on our way back from Karjat at the new charging station at Hotel Om Navratna, near Chowk.
As we rolled in to charge the scooter on our return journey, we found out that another user had already occupied the fast charger. This meant, we had to wait for nearly 45 minutes, before we could charge our scooter. What’s more, as it turned out, there was no charging option available at the hotel, and the 3-pin socket on the Ather Grid charger couldn’t be used as the existing user had locked his scooter after plugging it in for charging. On the upside, we made the most of this downtime by refuelling ourselves with some much-needed sugarcane juice.
All in all, yes, you can plan a weekend outing with the Ather 450X. But, there’s a big caveat to it. You need to carefully plan your ride as you won’t find a charger easily, and even when you do find it, not every charger is unoccupied for you to use. Moreover, hotel or garage owners aren’t yet familiar with EVs, making it harder to convince them to let us charge our EVs at their places.
Make - Ather Energy
Model - 450X
Odometer - 1627km
Km this month - 614km
Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi