Performance - Ather 450X will have the best-in-class acceleration of 0-40 km/h in 3.3 seconds in Warp mode and a TrueRange of 85 km in Eco mode, while the Ather 450 Plus will have an acceleration of 0-40 km/h in 3.9 seconds in Sports mode and a TrueRange of 70 km in Eco mode. 450 Plus won't have the Surge mode.
Battery - The usable capacity in Ather 450X will be 2.61 kWh while the usable capacity in 450 Plus will be 2.23 kWh.
Charging - Ather 450X will have the capability to be charged at the rate of 1.45 km range gained per minute while the 450 Plus can be charged at the rate of 1 km per minute.
Smart and connected features - Ather 450X will have features that are enabled by bluetooth connectivity such as music & voice assistant, while in 450 Plus, these features won't be made available.
Our TrueRange figure is indicative of what one is highly likely to get in the respective riding modes. However, the range depends on multiple factors and these numbers can differ as they depend on the road conditions, gradients and load on the vehicle, while you are riding. We have arrived at our figure taking into consideration the usual riding behaviour and observations from the first batch of Ather 450s that hit the road. To get a deeper understanding, read up our write-up on the topic of the range. If you still need to be sure, speak to an Ather owner on the Ather Forum.
The Ather 450X comes with a home charger that is designed for overnight charging. With a fully charged vehicle every morning, that’s ready to travel up to 85 km every day, you wouldn’t have to worry about range anxiety. On days you have to go that extra mile, Ather Grid network is there to help you fast charge your vehicle. Still need a back up? Well, you could go for the portable charging cable that’s available as an accessory.
Additionally, the dashboard UI also has a real-time efficiency indicator which, through bright red glows, prompts the user to check the aggressiveness of his/her ride. The Ather app also comes equipped with a Ride Statistics section that provides requisite data about each ride to help the users understand their riding behaviour and its relation to range better.
In fact, to know more about how the current range meets the needs of a majority of our customers today, speak to an Ather owner on the Ather Forum.
For starters, the battery capacity of Ather 450X (installed - 2.9 kWh and usable - 2.6 kWh) is 7-8% higher than that of Ather 450. The battery of Ather 450X has a new and more efficient battery management system (BMS), and is tuned to enable the vehicle to have a higher range and performance compared to Ather 450.
The BMS also allows a 45% speedier charging rate compared to Ather 450 at Ather Grid, Ather's fast charging public network. The BMS significantly increases standby time (which means it takes a longer time for it to drain while not in use).
Also, the battery of Ather 450X uses 21700 type Li-ion cells compared to the 18650 type Li-ion cells used in Ather 450.
The battery is designed to last 50,000 km. Typically scooters run around 6000-8000 km a year, so chances are that this battery won’t need replacement for ~6-7 years. Most people replace their scooter in around 4-5 years.The battery has a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty. Also, the battery doesn’t really go dead and become unusable. Its capacity reduces just as that of a phone battery. Coming to the exact cost of replacement a few years from now, we estimate that it would be around ₹50,000 but this is only an estimate. The price may change since the price of Li-ion is reducing YOY.
There are two components to battery degradation - 1) calendar aging, 2) distance or number of charging cycles. Our estimate is that the degradation might be about 20% in over 3 years due to calendar aging and 2% over that for every 10000 km of distance covered.
The touchscreen dashboard is IP65 rated, which means it not only works fine while it's drizzling, it can withstand rains too (as per IP65 standards). The vehicle’s battery is IP67 rated. It means that the vehicle can go through 300 mm of water, if passing through waterlogged areas.
We believe that with dual-disc brakes and CBS, the braking on Ather 450X would be extremely responsive and adequate already. Right now, there's no plan to bring ABS on Ather 450X.