Creating this thread to quickly broadcast information to all owners through the forum.
Guys, we are facing some technical difficulty with using Google APIs. You may face some issues with using navigation on your vehicles.
We are working with the Google team to get this resolved at the earliest, will keep you updated on this thread.
It’s a known issue posted on their support thread here: https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/134310212
We have released a software patch for the vehicles yesterday night. This is deployed on all vehicles running the current version 2.0.xx
The patch takes care of a minor issue where the charging fan was not turning off at full charge while being charged using the home point. It also includes a few other internal software stability improvements.
Since it is a small patch, you should be easily able to download it. Installation will happen with the same process as other OTA updates.
Our customer service phone line is facing connectivity issues. In the meantime, if you need to reach out to us, please ping on the Whatsapp on the number: +91 95135 88237 or drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some users would have received a OTA update with version number 4.0.1 which was errorosly deployed while being tested on internal test vehicles.
We have tried to rollback the update but it might have gotten downloaded on a few vehicles. In case you receive the update, please do not update it now or if you have already updated, we will be sending the current version(2.0.1) on your vehicles again. which you can install.
We have identified an issue where the BMS’s wake-up circuit is failing after excessive shutdowns especially at high charge levels(SoC). The shut-down feature was designed as a vacation mode feature for long term storage requirements, and not as an everyday use case.
Since many of you do this regularly, we will find a solution for it. But while we do that, we’d recommend users to use the shutdown feature only as a vacation mode feature for the time being, and not shut-down their vehicles regularly.
We’ve initiated the home charging reimbursements for the last quarter. All the owners who are on the Ather One plan, should get their reimbursements as soon as the banks process them. Tentatively by Monday.
Issues with Ride Stats sync
We’re facing intermittent connectivity issues with cloud provider, Google Cloud. We’re working with them to get this resolved as soon as possible. You might experience a delay in Ride Stats showing up on the Mobile App. We’re expecting this to stabilize by the end of the week.
Volunteers needed for usage report beta program
Update: We’re overwhelmed by the responses. We have enough testers and have closed signups
Perks of a connected, intelligent scooter? Get a monthly report of how you’re riding your Ather 450. Know about charging and riding habits and get suggestions on getting more from your 450.
As a part of the beta program we would want to understand your views on the report and get feedback on some specific data points.
To be a part of the beta program, you can fill out the form below by entering the email ID that is linked to your Ather Vehicle. All members of beta program would then be added to a closed group where you can detail your feedback and any issues that you encounter.
We’ve noticed that a few users are having issues after updating to the latest patch OTA (4.1.1). We’ve paused the roll out temporarily and are working on rolling out a fix for all the 450s through a patch update in the coming days.
If you’ve faced any issue with this update, do reach out to customer care and they’ll be able to help you resolve them.
We’re facing some issues with our cloud provider, causing the mobile app to not load for some users. We’re working on this on priority, and it will be fixed soon.
Based on the usage data and feedback about the plans from our early owners, we’re reworking the Ather subscription plans (Connect, Charge, Service and Ather One). We’ll announce the refreshed plans in July this year. So you get an extension and you don’t have to renew the plans until June 30, 2020.
Who does this affect?
- Those who have got their vehicles delivered before July 2019
- Purchased the 450 on full payment or loan.
What does it mean?
If you’re on Ather One/Service plan currently:
You’ll continue on the plan that you are on currently till 30 June 2020.
If you’re on a lease plan:
Your monthly payments are unaffected, and you’ll continue getting the
If you’ve already renewed your Ather subscription plan:
We’ll reach out to you soon to either offer a reimbursement or an option to carry over the amount paid when we revise the plans.
With restrictions being imposed on public locations due to the Corona Virus outbreak, some Ather Grid locations might be unavailable over the next few days in both Chennai and Bangalore. We’re working with our hosts to update the availability of the Grid points on the app.
Before you head out to any Grid location, do check on the app for the status and plan your rides accordingly.
The portable chargers are back in stock. Please note that we have revised the price of the portable charger to Rs.8700 + 5% GST as part of cost rationalisation in line with the prevailing cost of raw materials, to reduce our losses.
A limited stock of the first gen charging cables are also available, for those who got their vehicles delivered before October 2019 at a price of Rs. 5664.
If you wish to purchase, you can go head over to Ather Space during working hours (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). At Ather Space, we have taken sufficient precautionary measures to curb the possibility of COVID-19 transmission like the usage of masks, hand sanitizers and regular sanitization of Ather Space.
Experience the next OTA for your Ather 450 early
Update: @Ather_Owner, last few spots left in the program. Sign up today if you want to experience the next OTA update early!
The next OTA update (4.2.0) for your Ather 450 with a bunch of new features and bug fixes is almost ready. We’ll be pushing the update to all Ather 450s on the road soon.
But before that, we’re inviting you to experience the update early on your scooter before everyone gets it. While you’ll be experiencing the update early, we’re working at full speed to do final checks and get ready to roll out the update to everyone
We’d love to hear what you think about the changes, and how we can improve them. Your feedback will be directly taken up by the team to work on future versions.
To sign up, head over to the form below and fill in your details. We’re opening up the beta program only to the first 50 users who sign up on the form below.
Remember, the OTA is still a ‘beta’ and hiccups might happen. Do report these to us here, along with any suggestions or feedback.
Some points to note:
- We’d love for you to share your experience on the update and how it functions in your everyday use. You can share this on the forum on the day the update is rolled out to everyone!
- We’re listening to all your feedback, but our current development cycles may not allow for implementation immediately.
- Once you sign up, we’ll add you to a group on the forum in a couple of days, and an exclusive topic will be created for you to share feedback.
FAME Refund for Chennai Owners
If you’ve purchased an Ather 450 in Chennai, we have some good news! A refund of ₹268 is heading your way. Here’s why:
According to FAME regulations, the subsidy amount eligible for an EV can be calculated in two ways. The lower amount among the two are considered as the subsidy amount:
- 20% of the lowest ex-showroom price across the country or
- ₹10000 for every kWhr of installed battery capacity.
For Ather 450s sold in Chennai, we estimated the FAME subsidy amount to be ₹26,732 based on the lowest ex-showroom price in India (Bengaluru). However, while claiming the subsidy, we’ve received ₹27000 per vehicle. After discussing with the Department of Heavy Industries, we realised that they were considering 20% of the ex-showroom price in Chennai and not the lowest ex-showroom price across the country. This allows the Ather 450 to qualify for a subsidy of Rs. 27,000 as opposed to the calculated ₹26,732.
We’ve hence collected ₹268 extra for each vehicle sold in Chennai. It’s only fair that we pass this amount on to you owing to the change in the process of calculation of FAME subsidy.You’ll be receiving this refund through an NEFT transfer into your bank account.
If you’ve purchased an Ather 450 in Chennai, you can expect an email soon about the refund.
- If you’ve added your bank account details in your Ather account, the refund will be processed automatically.
- If you’ve not added your bank details, you’ll get an email with a payout link. You can use that link to enter your bank details to receive the refund.
Note: There is no change in the amount for Bengaluru customers since the amount has been calculated correctly.
We’ve worked with Autovert over the last few weeks on the discrepancies reported by owners. As we understand, this issue affected a small number of customers due to a very specific occurance - the FAQ was updated between the time they applied for the lease and the time the vehicle was delivered. As a result, some of you have been communicated that Ather Connect was included for the entire duration of the lease term, but the same did not reflect in the lease agreement. Since most lease customers came in after the FAQ was updated, this shouldn’t be an issue.
Autovert has assured us that for those affected by this issue, they have already reached out and made good, by honoring the inclusion of Ather Connect as part of the lease. Please note that Ather Connect is not part of the standard Autovert Plug plan offering.
If there are any further questions or issues, please reach out to Autovert directly at Care@autovert.in.
In related news, Autovert is also working on a mechanism to make the 4G upgrade for all lease customers easier. For those that opt-in for the upgrade, at the end of their lease term, Autovert will either reduce the retainer amount or increasing the cash-back amount. The exact details and the amounts will be disclosed closer to the upgrade rollout date.