Bajaj unveiled its first-ever electric scooter for India earlier this month. The all-new scooter brings back the Chetak moniker, which has been around for years in the Indian market and is an iconic brand. Being an electric scooter, the Chetak has a completely silent, noise-free operation and the scooter is manufactured at Bajaj’s advanced assembly line in Chakan, near Pune, Maharashtra. Here is a video of the silent assembly line.
The official video released by Bajaj Auto shows the silent assembly line in the Chakan plant. The video mentions that about 80% of workers in the plant are women, which is quite a lot. In India, most assembly plants are dominated by men. The plant itself is quite silent. The workers can be seen working without any earplugs and the robots are operating silently. Bajaj has not mentioned any sound level figures in decibels but it syncs with the silent operation of the Chetak scooter. It is an all-new plant that started operation on 25th September. Currently, only the Chetak is manufactured here.
Bajaj is yet to reveal the price for the Chetak. The price will be revealed in January and the deliveries will happen soon after. However, before that, the production of the scooter is in full swing to ensure that the brand meets the demands and there is not much of a waiting period on the vehicle. The scooter will be initially available in only two cities – Pune and Bengaluru. Later, the electric scooter will be rolled out in other cities.
The all-new Bajaj Chetak gets retro styling inspired by the Vespa scooters. It gets a metallic body and the multi-spoke alloy wheels make it look quite sporty. To save the battery, all the lamps in the scooter are full-LED set-up. It includes LED DRLs, LED headlamp and LED tail. Also, it gets keyless start function, which will be a first-of-its-kind feature on the scooters in India.
Bajaj is yet to reveal the complete details of the scooter. However, it is known that the vehicle will get powered by an IP67-rated waterproof battery. The scooter will get two modes – Economy and Sport. In sport mode, the scooter will deliver 85 km on a single charge while on economy mode, another 10 km will be added to the scooter’s life. Bajaj has not revealed any other details like power generated by the motor or how much time it will take to completely charge the Chetak.
The scooter gets a fully digital circular instrument cluster that shows all the vital information including the battery level and the kilometres. The scooter will be available in six different colour options. The scooter is likely to get a price tag of around Rs 90,000.