Ather Energy- Building the Connected and Electric Future Of Mobility

Ather Energy- Building the Connected and Electric Future Of Mobility
Ather Energy - Building the Connected and Electric Future Of Mobility

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Fueling with electricity offers a whole lot of advantages that are clearly not available with the conventional internal combustion engine vehicles that we have been using to date. Electric motors react quicker than the latter. They are very responsive and have impressive torque.

Besides, what's more important is that the EVs follow the path of sustainable development because they are not driven by traditional fossil fuels like petrol, diesel, or LPG. Electric vehicles thus significantly contribute towards reducing the emissions that lead to climate change and smog, thereby putting a stop to many other forms of ecological damage and man-made environmental disasters too.

Choosing electric vehicles for transport has been proven to improve public health and the environment. These are a few of the many reasons why electric vehicles are here to stay.

Among the most popular electric vehicle manufacturing companies is Ather. Ather is an Indian electric vehicle company founded by Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain in 2013 and goes by the name Ather Energy Pvt. Ltd. It currently manufactures the electric scooters, the Ather 450X and the Ather 450 Plus, where it launched the all-new Ather 450X 2022 on July 19, 2022. Furthermore, it has also established the electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Ather Grid, and is one of the most prominent rivals of Ola Electric.

Here's the company profile of Ather Energy: Know all about its owners, funding and investors, business and revenue model, growth, challenges faced, name, tagline, logo, and more.

Ather: Company Highlights

Startup Name Ather Energy
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Industry Automotive Electric vehicles
Founded 2013
Founders Tarun Mehta, Swapnil Jain

Ather Energy - About and How it Works?
Ather Energy - Founders and Team
Ather Energy - Startup Story
Ather Energy - Name, Logo, and Tagline
Ather Energy - Mission
Ather Energy - Business Model
Ather Energy - Revenue and Growth
Ather Energy - Funding and Investors
Ather Energy - ESOPs
Ather Energy - Competitors
Ather Energy - Awards and Recognitions
Ather Energy - Challenges Faced
Ather Energy - Partnerships
Ather Energy - Future Plans

Ather Energy - About and How it Works?

Ather Energy is a startup focused on designing and selling premium electric two-wheelers for the Indian market. Ather wants to change the perspective on electric vehicles by building high-performance, zero-maintenance, and smart electric vehicles.

The company has manufactured two scooter models at present:: the 450 Plus and the the 450X. The 450X was upgraded, which helped Ather Energy launch the the 450X 2022 model on July 19, 2022. It has also established an electric vehicle charging network called AtherGrid.

It owns and operates its own experience centers (called AtherSpace) to give the customers a complete ownership experience. The company launched the Ather 450 back in September 2018 and released the Ather 450X all across the country on January 28, 2020. The new version of 450X, 450X 3, was launched on July 19, 2022.

Though the sale of new Ather 450 scooters has been discontinued by the company since November 28, 2020, the company has pledged to fill up the gap with their 450X and 450 Plus models, where the latter will be launched soon.

Ather 450x is currently being delivered in 11+ Indian cities so far: Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Coimbatore, and and Ahmedabad.

Ather Energy's customers believe that electric vehicles will shape urban commutes in the years to come. They choose to own the experience of a vehicle that is built from scratch, offers an unparalleled ride, and is powered by intelligence.

Ather Energy - Founders and Team

The founders of Ather Energy are Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain. They founded Ather Energy in 2013.

Ather Energy Founders
Ather Energy Founders

Tarun Mehta

Tarun is the co-founder and CEO of Ather. Mehta is an IIT Madras alumnus who has completed a dual degree in engineering design before starting as a deputy manager at Ashok Leyland. He eventually decided to find Ather. Mehta interned at Mercedes Benz and BHEL during his college days.

Swapnil Jain

Swapnil Jail is the co-founder of Ather. He is also an alumnus of IIT Madras and has completed his integrated Masters of Technology in Engineering Design. After completing a brief internship at General Motors and BHEL, Swapnil decided to find Ather with his college friend Tarun.

Ather currently operates with an employee strength of 1,001–5,000.

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Ather Energy - Startup Story

Ather began its journey in October 2013 at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras Research Park. Mehta and co-founder Swapnil Jain, both IIT-M alumni (BTech and MTech batch of 2012 in engineering design), had set out to build India’s first smart electric scooter. They had brief stints at Ashok Leyland and General Motors, respectively.

Mehta recalls the support of R. Krishnakumar, a professor at the Department of Engineering Design at IIT-Madras. “If a professor says, ‘Leave your job and come back; we will take care of everything,’ I think that is a great morale boost,” says the Ather CEO.

“For the first five-six months, we literally camped out of the department. We were just hanging around in his labs and other department labs before we sort of reached a conclusion that ‘This seems interesting and we should actually start a company and build a product.’ It was a very important phase and he was super supportive then.”

In December 2014, Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal invested $1 million as seed capital. Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal expressed positive sentiments towards the company and showed an inclination towards energy-efficient vehicles.

In December 2019, Ather Energy signed an MoU with the Government of Tamil Nadu to set up a 400,000-square-foot manufacturing plant for electrical vehicles in Hosur. The invested amount will be around ₹635 crore.

The company added two new products to its portfolio, the Ather 450X and the Ather 450 Plus, in January 2020. The Ather 450X is a premium electric scooter built from the ground up by Ather. A step above the Ather 450 in both features and performance, the Ather 450X has been meticulously designed to redefine the two-wheeler riding experience in India.

Ather Journey

Ather Energy - Name, Logo, and Tagline

Ather Logo
Ather Energy Logo

The logo of Ather Energy represents that every electrical circuit is different, but the two things that remain constant are the start, represented by the line, and the stop, represented by the dot, in the circuit. This was much like Ather's long-term goal of building a company that fundamentally believes in using runnable electric energy as the future of innovation.

Ather's tagline goes: "All Brain. All Power. All Electric."

Ather Energy - Mission

Ather's mission statement says, "At Ather, we want to build the future of mobility—one that is connected and electric. We truly believe electricity is inevitable; there’s never been a better time. Intelligent vehicles are revolutionizing our commute experience, and the Ather 450 and 450X are on the cusp of this exciting reality. We are also in the midst of exploring the energy chain, including storage and distribution domains."

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Ather Energy - Business Model

The company has announced an online-only purchase model for selling the product with doorstep service. It had set up its manufacturing unit in Whitefield, Bangalore, which commenced production in 2018 with a capacity of 600 vehicles per week. The company has disclosed the price of the Ather 450 to be Rs 1,35,000, and the price of the Ather 450X is Rs 1,38,006.

It also establishes Ather Grid, an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the cities where it is present. The company has set up over 38 fast charging points in Bengaluru and 14 charging points in Chennai as of July 2020.

Ather Grid
Ather Grid

Ather will be setting up its new 400,000-square-foot facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, by the end of 2022. The new facility will be designed to produce 100,000 units annually and is scalable to half a million units.

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Ather Energy - Revenue and Growth

Ather Energy has been announced as the fourth largest-selling two-wheeler EV in India in the first half of 2021, where the company has successfully sold approximately 63,184 units. Though the valuation of Ather is yet to touch $1 billion, the company is really, witnessing good growth. It is currently operating with 38 experience centers across 32 cities in India. The company further hopes to take the number of experience centers to 150 across 100 Indian cities by 2023.

Ather has claimed that it has witnessed a whopping 800% growth in sales in 2021. The demand for Ather scooters is growing, and Ather is standing fit to deliver them now, revealed Swapnil Jain, co-founder and CTO of Ather. However, it's true that though Ather has witnessed a surge in demand, it has failed to match the sales figures of its chief rival, Ola Electric.

Ather Energy Launched the 2022 450X 3 Electric Scooter

Ather 2022 450X Gen 3
Ather 2022 450X Gen 3

Ather launched the 2022 450X Gen 3 scooter on July 19, 2022. Here are some of the advantages of the Ather 2022 450X 3 scooters at a glance:

  • These scooters will be equipped with bigger 3.7 kWh units instead of the earlier 2.6 kWh units
  • The batteries will be 25% larger than those of the previous generation scooters
  • These scooters boast of an ARAI-certified range of 146 km and a TrueRangeTM of 105 km.
  • They will also have wider rear tyres
  • The grips of the new generation Ather 450X will be 22% better than the previous generation scooter models.
  • They will offer the all-new tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • They are also built with a 7-inch built-in display and 2GB integrated RAM
  • They will be fitted with the newly designed rearview mirrors, offering 2X better visibility and 5X reliability
  • They will further have a new side-step made of single-cast aluminium  

Ather Energy Launches 450S and 450X Electric Scooter

Ather unveiled the 450S on August 11, 2023, with prices starting at Rs 1.30 lakh. This remarkable electric vehicle boasts a 2.9 kWh battery, providing an impressive 115 km of range. When it comes to speed, the 450S can reach up to 90 kmph, making it a versatile choice for urban commuting.

Charging the battery is a breeze. At home, it takes just 6 hours and 36 minutes to charge from 0% to 80%. Alternatively, with the Ather Grid fast charger, the 450S can charge at a remarkable speed of up to 1.5 km per minute.

Ather also offers an upgraded version of the 450X, now available with both 2.9kWh and 3.7kWh battery options, extending the certified range to an impressive 115 km and 150 km, respectively.

Both of these electric scooters come equipped with innovative new switchgear and include two additional switches for added convenience and functionality.

Ather Sales

Ather Vehicle Registrations
Ather Vehicle Registrations

Ather Energy scooters have seen a month-on-month growth in their vehicle registrations for some months. However, the month of July was an exception, where the company witnessed a drop of 66%. It registered just 1,283 units in July, in contrast to May and June 2022, when Ather successfully registered 3338 and 3829 units, respectively.


Ather Financials
Ather Financials


Total expenses rose from Rs 758 crore in FY22 to Rs 2,671 crore in FY23.


Ather Energy's financial metrics improved in FY22–FY23. The improvement in profitability in comparison to revenue is indicated by the EBITDA margin, which went from -61.84% in FY22 to -38.29% in FY23. Additionally, operating expense efficiency increased, with costs falling from 1.86 in FY22 to 1.50  in FY23 every rupee of revenue. On the other hand, the Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) decreased from -71.53% in FY22 to -83.98% in FY23, indicating difficulties with capital use to provide returns.

Ather Energy FY22-FY23 FY22 FY23
EBITDA Margin -61.84% -38.29%
Expense/₹ of Op Revenue 1.86 1.50
ROCE -71.53% -83.98%

Ather Energy - Funding and Investors

Ather Energy has raised a total of $511.32 million in funding over 10 rounds. The funding of $128 million, which came in on May 12, 2022, was led by NIIF Ltd. and Hero MotoCorp. It previously raised $56.46 million from Hero MotoCorp on January 14, 2022. Ather Energy has also raised Rs 130 crores ($17.24M) prior to that from Hero MotoCorp. With all this funding, Ather's valuation is still shy of $1 billion.

The company raised Rs 84 crore from Hero MotoCorp in July 2020, which increased the auto giant's stake in Ather to 34.58%. Hero MotoCorp currently holds over 34.8% of the stakes in Ather.

Ather Energy is currently funded by 5 main investors. Before the Serie E round, 34.8% stakes in Ather were held by Hero MotoCorp.

Date Round Amount Lead Investors
Sep 6, 2023 Private Equity Round $108.4 million Hero MotorCorp, GIC
Oct 18, 2022 Series E $48.05 million Caladium Investments
Sep 29, 2022 Debt Financing $6.01 million InnoVen Capital
May 12, 2022 Series E $128 million NIIF Ltd. and Hero MotoCorp
Jan 14, 2022 Series D $56.46 million Hero MotoCorp
Jul 24, 2020 Series E $11.2 million Hero MotoCorp Ltd.
May 28, 2019 Series D $51 million Sachin Bansal
Oct 27, 2016 Series C $11.2 million Hero MotoCorp Ltd
May 28, 2019 Series C $51 million Sachin Bansal
Oct 27, 2016 Series B $27 million Hero MotoCorp Ltd
May 29, 2015 Series A $12 million Tiger Global Management
Dec 3, 2014 Seed Round $1 million -

The company successfully secured a substantial $108.4 million in funding through a private equity round, with Hero Motorcorp and GIC as the esteemed investors, on September 6, 2023.

Ather Energy - ESOPs

Ather Energy has proposed to increase its ESOP pool size. The quantum of the existing Ather Energy ESOP Plan 2021 will reportedly increase by 7,808 stock options, which will increase the ESOP pool size from 37,209 options to 45,017 options, as per regulatory filings.

The Ather board has also approved the adoption of the founders’ stock option plan 2022. The pool size, as per the agreement of the Series D shareholders, was 12,356 stock options. This is further reduced to 5,214 stock options, and the balance unused pool of 7,142 is proposed for cancellation, as per a separate filing by the company.

The founder's stock options at Ather have been accessed for the first time, which is estimated to be worth around Rs 25 crore.

Ather Energy - Competitors

The top 10 competitors in Ather Energy's competitive set are:

Ather Energy - Awards and Recognitions

To sum up, some of the prominent awards and recognitions that Ather received would be:

  • The Economic Times Start-up Awards, The Economic Times, 2016
  • Most Promising Startup Impacting Automotive, IoT Next, 2016
  • India Electric Mobility Technology Innovation Leadership Award, Frost & Sullivan, 2016

Ather Energy - Challenges Faced

“The biggest challenge and opportunity when you are building an electric vehicle in India is that there is no local ecosystem and that includes not just vendors but also talent among other things. We completely missed out on this when we started the company and that’s why our timelines started looking different. The amount of money started looking very different as we got more and more into it,” says Tarun Mehta, CEO of Ather Energy.

Being a hardware startup, Ather has seen its challenges. Tarun Mehta has pointed out that in the case of Ather, they "can't ship a minimum viable product." "With hardware, you can't'move fast and break things", added Mehta. This impeded the growth and delivery of Ather hugely, but the promising EV startup is finding ways to improve the delivery process and fasten the growth of the company.

Mehta also stated that for the EVs, "there's no ecosystem in place in India", which might have distributed the workload. Ather Energy CEO further added that the company is the sole manufacturer and distributor of the scooter, its batteries, and other accessories, and therefore, it is vital that it tests all of them thoroughly.

Another challenge for the scooters is that there isn't a promising culture of designing and developing products locally. "Finding the right talent to work at Ather has been challenging," the Ather CEO said.

Ather ebike fire accident

Ather reported a fire accident in one of its Chennai showrooms on May 27, 2022, which is the first fire accident that the bike manufacturers witnessed in their EVs. Within a few hours of the accident, the company confirmed via its official Twitter handle that the accident occurred in one of its damaged vehicles on water entering through the cracks of its battery pack.

Ather Energy - Partnerships

The company has partnered with like-minded organizations to "accelerate the adoption of electric mobility for a sustainable future," says the Ather website. Some of the other popular partners of Ather Energy are WeWork and Altair. Here are some of the latest partnerships.

Vaidya Energy

On October 9, 2023, Ather Energy entered into a partnership with Vaidya Energy, a division of Vaidya's Organization of Industries & Trading Hoses. With the help of this partnership, the business will facilitate product sales and services in Nepal and will also install fast-charging stations.


In order to make it easier for young people in India's Gen Z population to acquire Ather cars, OTO, a digital commerce platform and operator in the two-wheeler finance market, has formed a strategic digital business relationship with Ather Energy on November 16, 2023.

Ather Energy - Future Plans

According to Mehta, the big challenge that now lay ahead of them was how to not make Ather feel like a boring automotive company keeping the culture and excitement alive while still bringing in the rigors and discipline that they need to get a world-class hardware product out.

With the factory plant in Whitefield, Bengaluru, the company is ready to begin production and the orders coming in. Ather is getting ready with the first lot of production.

“The first lot planned is for 2,000 vehicles and over a year’s time, the production planned is 10,000 vehicles. Based on the supply chain constraints, we will have to decide the batch size of production,” says Jain, adding next will be ramp up both in sales and the product map. “When you do a new product, it is not very easy to assemble… manufacturing challenges will pop up. So, we will improve product from that perspective to be able to ramp up really fast.”

The team has begun work on developing a new vehicle platform that it says will be more scalable. It is slated to be ready soon. He won’t go with much financial detail, but according to Mehta, the 50,000-unit sales mark, when calculated on a per-unit basis, ought to be able to break even. The challenge for electric two-wheeler companies, though, will be to attract new customers.

Tarun Mehta, CEO of Ather Energy is looking to increase the capacity of the company to manufacture 35,000 scooters by this year from the present mark of 10,000 and aims to further hit the capacity of 1 million by next year.  

Ather stands big and tall in the growing space with a DNA going back to research labs, a design built from scratch, and a product that can be traced to custom spec sheets. Will that give it customers and success as a scooter company? Time will tell. But its journey this long is all about learnings, sucker punches, small wins, big bets, uncharted paths, and early positioning in a market that holds promise.

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What is Ather Energy?

Ather Energy is a startup focused on designing and selling premium electric two-wheeler vehicles for the Indian market. It is one of the best electric scooter startups in India. The company has offered two electric scooters for the Indian market, Ather 450 and 450X. Ather has recently introduced their latest electric vehicle, the 450S, to the market.

Who is the owner of Ather Energy?

Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain founded the Indian electric vehicle company Ather Energy in 2013.

What is the price of Ather 450X in India?

The price of the Ather 450X starts at Rs.1.18 Lakh and goes up to Rs.1.38 Lakh. Ather 450X is one of the two products offered by Ather Energy.

Is Ather an Indian company?

Yes, India is the country of origin for Ather Energy. The electric vehicle company was founded by Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain in 2013.

What is the headquarters location of Ather Energy?

Ather Energy is an Indian electric vehicle company headquartered in Bangalore.

What is the Ather Energy website?

The Ather Energy website is

Which companies does Ather compete with?

The top 10 competitors of Ather Energy are GoGreenBOV, Ampere, Okinawa Scooters, AVERA, Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, TVS, Pure EV, Tork Motors Pvt.

How is Ather Energy funding?

The Ather Energy funding data reveals that the company has raised $408.2 million of funds to date.

Who is Ather CEO?

The Ather CEO is Tarun Mehta.

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