Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj who started off by importing and selling scooters recently unveiled their first electric scooter to the Indian market. It is named after the legendary scooter ‘Chetak’ that they used to sell here in India. The Chetak name plate is used after a long 14 years by Bajaj. The manufacturer now has given a fair idea about when the Chetak electric scooter will officially be launched.
In an interview given to Zee Business , Rakesh Sharma Executive Director, Bajaj Auto Ltd. said,
A series of new product launches will be seen as soon as the transition period from BSIV to BSVI will come to an end. Husqvarna’s bikes will be launched in the first week of December and it will be available for retail sales from January or February.
Bajaj had also flagged off a rally of about 20 Chetak electric scooters from Delhi. Each scooter in the rally made it to Pune via Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Goa. Each scooter covered a distance of around 3,500 km without facing any problem. This rally was conducted by Bajaj to spread awareness among the people about the charging ecosystems. Mr. Sharma said that during the rally, Chetaks were easily charged using normal household electrical system.
The Chetak electric scooter comes with a 12-inch multispoke alloy wheels with tubeless tyres. It also gets an all-digital instrument console. There is a telescopic fork in the front while a single-sided suspension takes care of the rear tyre. The headlamp gets an all-LED lamp and there is a LED DRL that goes around the boundary of the retro-looking oval headlamp.
Bajaj has tried to design the new Chetak in a way that it looks retro but has all the modern features. All the lights used in the scooter are LEDs. Apart from looking great, the LED lamps ensure that they consume less power, which in turn makes the scooter go for longer distances. The Bajaj Chetak EV gets IP67 lithium-ion battery pack. However, the capacity of the battery pack is not known. Price of the Chetak electric scooter will be revealed in January during the launch and the deliveries will happen after that in the coming months. The new Bajaj Chetak is expected to be priced around Rs 90,000. It’ll be a comeback of sorts for Bajaj Auto, which has stayed away from the scooter segment for more than a decade after starting off selling geared scooters in the 1960s and 70s.