Ergonomics – The ergonomics o the 450 are very close to that of a regular scooter. However, since the battery is the structural member of the chassis and sits low below the footboard, the seating posture feels a little high and the legs stay comparatively higher as compared to other scooters. Thankfully, the seat is well cushioned and accessible for all kind of riders, short or tall. The handlebar is wide enough for a comfortable posture and yet sleek enough so that one finds it easy to filter through traffic. The pillion sits very close to the rider but in a comfortable position because of the ample amount of cushioning. The grab-rail design is also pretty good. It is a single piece unit which makes it feel very convenient and sturdy.
Performance – A 5.4 kW brushless electric DC motor propels the rear wheel of the Ather 450. If we translate the power output, it comes out to around 7.2 BHP which is considerably less going by scooter standards. But as we are talking electric here, the motor produces 20.5 Nm of maximum torque as soon as you gun the throttle. The motor is frame mounted and is driven by a belt drive. Belt drive also helps in reduction of noise with a little loss in power. There’s literally no noise from the scooter except for the cooling fan and a buzzing noise that the motor makes. The torque output is very immediate and the scooter reaches 40 km/hr in less than 4 seconds. In the ECO mode, the power output is a lot less with the top speed limited to 60 km/hr while it delivers a top whack of 80 km/hr in the normal/power mode. The motor itself weighs just 6.5 kgs.