Hero MotoCorp & Ather Energy Collaborate to Expand EV Network Across India

CalenderPublished at December 10, 2023 by BikeJunction
Hero MotoCorp & Ather Energy Collaborate to Expand EV Network Across India

Hero MotoCorp & Ather Energy have formed a strategic partnership with an aim to expand the EV Public charging infrastructure across 100 cities across India. This dynamic collaboration will address the key concern of accessibility & convenience for the Indian EV owners. Through this collab, there is a major possibility of fast and reliable charging points being available almost everywhere. 

LECCS (Light Electric Combined Charging System)

The most important part of this collaboration is the development of a Light Electric Combined Charging System (LECCS). This has already been approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). This is an advanced system that integrates AC & DC combined charging connectors, creating a unified and user-friendly experience. 

1900 Fast-Charging Points

At the heart of this partnership lies the ambitious plan to establish 1900 strategically located fast-charging points. This extensive network prioritises a seamless and qualitative charging experience for EV users. User-centric mobile applications like Ather and My VIDA empower users with real-time information and navigation to the nearest charging stations.

LECCS's open standard fosters collaboration amongst different OEMs, contributing to a unified charging infrastructure. This not only simplifies the charging process but also lays the groundwork for future expansion. LECCS stands as a testament to the agility and scalability required to meet the growing demands of the EV market.

The exponential growth in charging infrastructure, driven by the efforts of Hero MotoCorp, Ather Energy, and other players, is more than just a numerical milestone. It signifies a significant evolution in India's EV infrastructure landscape.

The selection of 100 cities for LECCS expansion is no mere coincidence. It reflects a deliberate and strategic approach aimed at building a comprehensive and accessible charging network that anticipates the future growth of EV adoption.

As India embarks on its journey towards an electric future, the Hero MotoCorp and Ather Energy partnership stands as a beacon of progress. This collaborative and unifying effort is paving the way for the establishment of the largest EV charging ecosystem in the country. This partnership is not just a confluence of resources; it's a collaboration with the ambition to lead the charge towards a sustainable future.

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