I appreciate your response and the leadership of @tarun.
In my city Hero showroom must be selling Hero electric scooters so I assumed they are same parent. I still believe there is some connect else Hero wouldn’t let them use the name.
The Ola scooter was just a example because every other electric scooter is sub standard compared to Ather. Okinawa, Benling, etc. are other manufactures who has shroom in my city but comparing with Ather is not fair.
Since Ather will be niche a product, sales of that will not be like in Metros. Example Triumph motorcycles are high priced, high performance vehicles, they had a showroom in my city, now its closed because of lack of sales.
I like all the features of Ather but in a small city, we dont need google maps because its just too small to get lost. We may not need ather grid as we can charge overnight. There is no practical reason to travel more than 70 kms in the city in a day. With all those in mind, opening a full blown Experience center and selling couple of scooters a month may not be exciting from a business point of view.
Let me tell you my dilemma, I will need a scooter 3 months from now. Though I had pre-ordered last year, I don’t think I will get any time soon. When the lockdown started, like many; I too moved to my hometown. I could possibly buy from Bangalore and transport it myself and take a bit of a risk. I also have a KTM RC 390 which I transported using Aggarwal packers and when I received, I saw that the side stand was broken! Aggarwal was supposed to be one of the best and my bike has no main stand! Lucky for me I could take it to near by KTM showroom and change the stand in 30 mins… Imagine that with Ather 450x, I will be screwed and will have to transport back again…
If Ather has tie-ups with the likes of VRL (for cage transport), people like me could take a bit of risk and make the leap else we will have to look at alternatives
I also own a electric cycle from a Mysore based startup which gives me a range of 65 kms on pedal assist and I never had any issue in last 7500 kms but when I need to change regular serviceable stuff like change tire, replace gear cassette component, brake pads etc., I can go to any reputed cycle shop and get the work done. Here I took a risk and got rewarded by it. I don’t know if I should take such a risk with a electric scooter as mechanically they are complex