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Coronavirus impact: Ather resumes operations in Chennai and Bengaluru

Team OD  | Updated: May 20, 2020, 05:53 PM IST

Ather Energy resumes operations in Chennai and Bengaluru along with taking necessary precautions including sanitisation of workspace, use of mask, gloves and sanitisers by the service professionals and staff. The company took the decision of resuming its services and facilities after the government announced a relaxation for two-wheeler and four-wheeler showrooms, service centres, and firms dealing in automobile spare parts.

The research and development centre in Bengaluru and experience centre in both cities will be open for a restricted number of employees and customers. The experience centre will be open for limited hours and will adhere to all safety guidelines set by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 while working in the post-lockdown world. The company has started delivering the Ather 450 and further expansion of operations depend on other ancillary partners and permissions for interstate transport of vehicles.

The company will introduce new finance options to help the customer with burden-free ownership and will introduce batteries on subscription. The company has plans to expand the brand to eight new cities with the flagship Ather 450X.

Ravneet Phokela, chief business officer at Ather Energy, said, "We are slowly opening up our retail stores and offices and are hoping that some semblance of normalcy will be achieved in the coming months. We have a lot of work ahead of us to expand pan-India over the coming months, and thankfully, the lockdown has not affected those timelines dramatically. We are now working on a slightly revised timeline of Q4 of 2020 to begin deliveries of the Ather 450X across India."

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