Booked 450x back in Jan 2020 finally received the 450 X on April 11 then decided to drive it straight after delivery from Delhi to Sundernagar (HP) by road. Due to WFH I have been at my native place since last year.
The trip initially was planned with stoppages @ Haryana tourism resorts as they had EV chargers having AC industrial plugs between Delhi to Chandigarh. So I was comfortable in my mind that I would reach Chandigarh and had to take care of the rest of the journey. Had prepared an extension with an industrial plug with a cost of INR 500.
However there was a surprise and mysteries planned for my journey as these Charging stations are not operable and no details for the same are available with anyone at the resorts nor any support contact information.
Day 1: After receiving my 450x I went for a round to India Gate with my cousin as a pillion to see how this thing drives as i have not driven an Ather earlier. After a couple of rounds and getting comfortable we came straight to Charging point @ CP. It was supposed to be a fast charger however it took around 2 hours to charge from 60 to 80%. And answering lots of questions from people.
Started @ 80% (3:30 PM) to Ethnic India Resort which was supposed to host the first charger there with around 20% juice left. Fiddled with the installed chargers to make them work and talk to people @ resort for support of contact. Finally managed to convince the person managing the resort to let me charge @ 5 A plug. Waited for 1.5 hours and started to next stop BLU Jay resort. Booked a stay there and asked them to allow me to charge. They allowed me to charge @ once of the Plug points for AC and left it overnight.
Day 2: Woke up early and started @ 5:30 at first light of the day till Zilmil dhaba @ karnal (7:30AM) still had around 30% juice. Checked for a charging point but there was none, however security personnel directed me to a tyre puncture repair guy. He instantly agreed without asking any questions. Charged till 82% and started onward journey@ 9:45 AM
Day3: Again woke up early and started @ 6:00 AM till i was left with juice of around 12%. There was a Bike mechanic shop which was open and asked him to let me charge the vehicle to which he agreed. Then waited for 3.5 hours to let it charge to 85% as now it really unknow how Ather would perform since there were quite strong continuous uphills and downhills. So anxiety was there how would the Ather perform in the Hills.
Started my uphill journey of 10 KM (reached with 66%) after that there was downhill for 10 KMs using regen by twisting the acc to negative direction was @ 68% after completing the downhill. This was quite a booster in my confidence to keep on going and reached my relatives place @ Salaper around 3:30 PM from here my home was still around 20 KMs. So I settled down and had a good chat for 1.5 hours or so to have 40% juice to reach home safely as from this point of time I didn’t want to do hypermiling anymore. And finally reached my destination …