Bajaj Chetak electric scooter launched in India (Photo Credit: chetak.com)
Bajaj Chetak electric scooter has finally gone official in India at the prices starting at Rs 1 lakh. It is to be noted that Bajaj Chetak electric scooter is the first product launched under the company’s new electric vehicle (EV) vertical, called Bajaj Urbanite. Also, Bajaj Chetak is the company’s first electric scooter in India.
Bajaj Auto’s Executive Director Rakesh Sharma said, "Every two-wheeler that makes its way from the drawing board to the factory and finally into the showroom faces a dilemma: how do you serve a purpose that looks good without dividing opinion? The new Chetak achieves this effortlessly, with its perfect balance of clean commuting, utility and stunning looks. Its iconic design and thoughtful features will make heads turn and transform daily commute into an experience like none other."
Bajaj Chetak is offered in two variants i.e. Chetak Urbane edition with drum brakes and the Chetak Premium edition with disc brakes. While the Chetak Urbane edition of the electric scooter is priced at Rs 1 lakh, the Chetak Premium edition costs Rs 1.15 lakh. The Chetak will be available in six different colour options.
The bookings for Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter will open on January 15 for Rs 2,000. The first units of the e-scooter will be delivered in Pune and Bengaluru, before it is made available in major metros like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. The Chetak will be sold via existing KTM outlets. The company has set-up 13 dealerships in Bengaluru and four dealers in Pune. The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter will be built at Bajaj Auto's manufacturing facility in Chakan, on the outskirts of Pune, Maharashtra, and comes with a 3 years/50,000 km standard warranty.
Visually, Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter looks pretty similar to the Vespa. It boasts of an all-metal body, with a neo-retro design and a distinctive silhouette. Bajaj Chetak comes with LED lighting, premium paint finish, alloy wheels, and a fully digital instrument console. Importantly, a fully digital instrument console informs the driver about battery range, real-time battery indicator, and keyless ignition.
Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter gets two operational modes i.e. Eco and Sport. In Eco mode, the Chetak has a claimed maximum range of over 95 km, while in Sport mode, the range is limited to over 85 km on a single charge. The motor of the new Bajaj Chetak churns out 4 kW (5.36 bhp) of peak power, and 3.8 kW (5 bhp) of continuous power, and 16 Nm of torque.
According to Bajaj, the battery life is about 70,000 km. The battery can be charged up to 100 per cent in 5 hours, and can charge up to 25 per cent in on hour. However, it does not come with a fast charger.
Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter has 12-inch wheels, a single-sided trail link front suspension, and a single-shock rear suspension.