Ather Electric Bike Owner Forced To Charge Bike On 5th Floor! But Why?

This man was denied to install an EV charging point in the EV capital of India Bangalore.
This man was denied to install an EV charging point in the EV capital of India Bangalore.

So what you will do if you are not allowed to install an EV charging point near your apartment?

Most obviously you will drop the idea of buying an EV right at the first place!

This is a story of a man who was denied to install an EV charging point in the EV capital of India Bangalore.

How ironic is that, lets read what he does next!

A Story Of A Ev Owner In The EV Capital Of India(Bangalore)

In Bengaluru, Karnataka, an electric scooter owner was denied permission to build a charging station in the parking area.

The owner protested by loading his Ather electric scooter onto the elevator and charging it in his fifth-floor apartment!

The owner of the Ather electric scooter, Vish Ganti, Vice President of Product Management & GM AutoGrid India wrote on LinkedIn about this incident. 

The post says, “You might have heard about Desi “Jugaad” but here is something I had to pull off today. Honestly never thought a day like this would come.”

“My apartment community in the so-called EV capital of India (Bangalore) wouldn’t let me install an EV charging point, after trying to educate them and fighting an uphill battle for 4 months. So I decided to load up my scooter in the elevator and bring it up to my unit on the 5th floor to charge it in the kitchen, as a sign of protest and to create awareness of this ground reality. So much for the progress and all the rhetoric about EV charging in India.”

“Everyone needs to be educated about the importance of EV charging infrastructure. We recently rolled out the EV charging handbook for India…but the question remains how do residential communities and common people understand the intricacies of living with an EV.”

A Small Message From the Vice President of Product Management & GM AutoGrid India 

Vish Ganti parked the Ather electric scooter inside his apartment and is charging it from a point in his kitchen.

He also shared the picture of the same on the LinkedIn post.

In the post, he states that no one should try to do it because there is a risk of fire and shock. The photo and message aimed to raise awareness among the electric vehicle community

How Did The Manager Of The Apartment Complex React?

The apartment complex is located in Hulimavu on Bannerghatta Road and the owner of the apartment complex responds responsibly.

As a response to this, Ramesh MS, who is the manager of the apartment complex said, “Of the 300 residents, only three have electric scooters. Two of them have swappable batteries so they charge them at their house. This person has no covered parking too. When we don’t have a charging point, how will we provide the facility to him? Our association is planning to provide charging infrastructure to the residents in due course. It will take some time since marking of spaces and other things have to be done.”

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