Ather Energy, India’s home grown electric two-wheeler startup has finally started to expand to various Indian cities, aggressively. It is present in 27 cities and plans to move to 40 more by the end of this year. So in order to cater to these new cities, the Bengaluru-based company recently opened a new 1.23 lakh sq ft manufacturing facility around Hosur. We recently got a glimpse of this new plant and we kind of liked it. So here we will tell you five things that you should know about Ather Energy’s new Hosur manufacturing plant.
1: Manufacturing capabilities
Ather can now make up to 9200 electric scooters in a month. This means, it now has a manufacturing capabilities of 1.1 lakh scooters in a year. So this new facility will act as a manufacturing hub for now. In case, the company wants to increase its production in future, it can simply extend its facility by removing the adjacent wall of this large plant.
2: Vehicle Line Details
Currently, there’s one assembly line with a total of 37 stop points. Each vehicle stops for around four minutes in each of these points. So it takes around 148 minutes to assemble one Ather scooter, which we think is a decent number.
The company has invested around Rs 145 crore on this plant and has plans to invest another Rs 635 crore in the next five years. Majority of the investment will go in expanding its line and plant space.
4: Battery capacity
Ather Energy has the capability of make 1.2 lakh battery packs in its in-house assembly area. The company makes its own battery packs and claims to be the only one in India.
5: Indian vendors & e-Wastes
According to the company, 90 per cent of the scooter’s components are made and sourced from India. There are many suppliers spread across the country who have been a part of this journey since the beginning. Only the batteries are sourced from outside. Ather says that zero effluent are generated from the factory and all the e-wastes from the battery production are handled by authorized recyclers.