The 450X offers good performance, but the ride is anything but plaint. Agreed, the ride is smooth on well-paved roads, but you can feel even the slightest of surface undulations. And the jolts that are transferred from the rear suspension, make everyday commuting a chore. Sure, riding with a pillion makes the rear suspension a bit more pliant, but the ride continues to be uncomfortable.
The seating triangle isn’t the most comfortable either. There are two issues here. One, the floorboard is high, so you always sit in the knees-up position. What this does is that the handlebar interferes with your thighs (rider height - 5’ 7”) every time you take a tight u-turn. And two, the seat is narrow and raked at an angle. So, it doesn’t offer enough support, and you’d find yourself sitting a bit ahead, which increases fatigue.
Another pet peeve we have is with the mirror adjustability. Now, something as common as adjusting mirrors has been made counter-intuitive. For starters, the mirror housing can only be adjusted horizontally, and if you have to adjust it vertically for height, you have to move the mirror stalk up and down. This is an unnecessary two-step adjustment, which could’ve been avoided. What’s more, the mirror design is such that even after adjustment, it doesn’t offer the best view of what’s behind you.
One of the biggest shortcomings of owning an EV is the limited charging infrastructure. And it’s somewhat similar when it comes to Ather. For instance, Ather Grid only has three charging stations in Navi Mumbai, where I work. And the charging station nearest to my home (Panvel) is about 16km away. This makes taking the 450X to the Ather Grid quite a task. Further, there’s no charging point in my housing society, so I have to travel another 3-4km to my parent’s place where I have a dedicated 16A charging setup available. Which again, isn’t the most convenient thing to do.
Now, we haven’t spoken about the riding range of the 450X. And that’s because we will have a separate report that will cover the range and charging times in detail. But, just for reference, the Ather 450X gives a range of anywhere in between 50-75km, depending on the mode selected and throttle modulation. And this also accounts for the usual battery drain when not in use. The usual battery drain amounts to 8-9 per cent over 24 hours when the scooter is not in use, and around 3-4 per cent over a week even after completely shutting-down the scooter.