L&T Finance, a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) with a Two-Wheeler Finance business book size of Rs. 9,190 crore as of the quarter ending June 2023, announced its partnership with Ather Energy, an electric vehicle manufacturer with a presence in 100+ cities across the country. L&T Finance will provide up to 100 per cent financing of the Loan-to-Value of the Electric Vehicles (EV) offered by Ather Energy to its customers. The amount of loan being financed will be on an On-road price basis i.e., inclusive ex-showroom, Regional Transport Office (RTO), and insurance on the vehicle, and will be determined based on the credit profile of the customer.
Customers of Ather Energy can avail EV financing under various lines of products from L&T Finance like Verified Income Proof (VIP) Loan, VIP Pro Loan, Sabse Khaas Loan (SKL), SKL Pro, Centum Loan, and Express Loan. For all these products except for Express Loan, the customers can avail of the loans at an annual rate of interest of 6.99 per cent per annum. In the case of Express Loan, a product for all, customers are not required to submit any credit profile or income proof, but the annual rate of interest is slightly higher at 7.99 per cent per annum. All these offerings from L&T Finance have a TAT of under five minutes and are with a loan tenure ranging from 3 months to 48 months and the rate of interest is exclusively offered to the customers of Ather Energy.
Commenting on the partnership, Sanjay Garyali, Chief Executive – Urban Finance, L&T Finance, said, “We are excited to partner with Ather Energy and this partnership is a part of our Company’s shared commitment to providing mobility which helps in contributing towards the reduction of carbon footprint and making India a cleaner & greener country. Further, the partnership reinforces our focus on the fourth pillar within L&T Finance’s Lakshya 2026 strategy where under ESG and CSR whatever the Company does has to be environmentally responsible and sustainable.”
“For the Indian Two-wheeler segment, we expect strong growth across the industry. This growth is expected to be fuelled by improved purchasing power, increased dependence on personal mobility for millennials, and shifting preference towards vehicles powered by technology and artificial intelligence. Considering these aspects, it won’t be surprising to see the penetration of vehicle financing in India, which currently stands at around 60% and grow to 75% in the next few years,” Garyali added.
Ravneet Phokela, Chief Business Officer, Ather Energy said, “Ather has since inception, focused on building strong partnerships with banks, NBFCs etc. to introduce lucrative EV financing for our users. In fact today, more than 50% of Ather’s customers opt for vehicle financing as their preferred mode of purchasing our scooters. We are delighted that this collaboration with L&T Finance will allow us to further accelerate EV adoption by offering users multiple finance products to choose from, based on personal preferences. Their reach, credibility, and expertise will be a huge asset as we expand our distribution footprint to more geographies.”
Details of the Loans
|Products||Verified Income Proof Pro (VIP Pro Loan)||Sabse Khaas Loan Pro (SKL Pro)||Centum / Express Loans|
|Loan-To-Value (LTV) Ratio||100%||80%||100%|
|Rate of Interest per annum||6.99%||6.99%||6.99%|
|Tenure||Up to 48 months||Up to 30 months||Up to 36 months|
|Add on Feature||Income-based Offer||No Hypothecation||No Income Proof|