Reading the thread on Vectrix's problems I'm weighing in my mind between two business models and wondering which is preferred.
Vectrix is an example of one extreme.. With a globe-spanning sales and support organization and (for the light EV market) large scale production. Brammo actually is heading in exactly that direction as well, e.g. they are due to begin selling through Best Buy. Zero Motorcycles is also heading in that direction, witness their visit to the UK a couple weeks ago to showcase their bike.
Another extreme is a local or national level assembler/manufacturer who brings together existing parts, assembles and sells them. They might depend on one of those factories in China for the major parts, they might not be doing much cutting edge technology innovation, instead their value might be service and customization support.
Contrasting these a bit ...
Setting up a global scale organization takes a lot of money, a lot of people, etc .. So too does offering excellent warranty support. That means a harder startup period, have to convince more investors to pony up more cash, etc.
The larger organization can make a bigger splash, can make a bigger impact, etc.
Fact is that electric scooters and motorcycles are a niche product which at the moment doesn't have mass appeal. Is it feasible for a single global organization provide global support for a niche product? As a niche product is there going to be enough sales in every region to support having service people in every region? For example in Mik's long story with Vectrix I'm astonished at how far Vectrix support people had to go to service Mik's bike (back when his warranty was still valid).
A local assembler-manufacturer can more adequately service a given locale. Lower marketing expenses, perhaps only one sales and service location, etc, means for lower startup costs.
A local assembler-manufacturer could more easily tune their product to local preferences and needs. A local assembler-manufacturer in St. Petersburg (Russia) might make sure to include battery pack heating blankets and a heated seat for winter time riding, while one in St. Petersburg (Florida) might make sure it's well insulated against rain.