Bajaj will launch its first electric product in the Indian market later this month. The Indian manufacturer that offers a range of motorcycles does not offer any scooter at the moment. Bajaj once used to be the largest scooter maker in the country. The brand will re-enter the scooter segment with the launch of the Chetak EV. The Bajaj Chetak EV will be launched in the Indian market on 14th January 2020.
The all-new Bajaj Chetak is expected to get a price tag of around Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.15 lakh. Rajiv Bajaj, the chief of Bajaj Auto Limited has already said that the brand is planning to price the Chetak EV attractively but not aggressively. The scooter will be sold through the KTM dealerships across the country. Soon, the dealerships across a few cities will start accepting the bookings for the Chetak EV. Initially, the scooter will be available in all the major cities including Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
The Bajaj Chetak brings back the retro design of the geared scooters in India. However, there are a lot of modern design highlights on it. It gets powered by a 4 kW electric motor that powers the rear wheel. The Chetak EV gets a unique automatic transmission that can take the scooter to a range of 85 km in Sport Mode and 95 km on Eco Mode.
Bajaj will offer premium features on the Chetak EV. It will get feather touch switchgear, full-LED headlamps and digital console. The scooter feels like a quality product. The Bajaj Chetak EV will take on the likes of Ather scooter, which has become quite popular in the market. Even Ather is planning to offer their scooters throughout India and have invited dealerships for the same. Currently, the Ather scooters are only available in Bengaluru city.
The design of the Bajaj Chetak is inspired by the scooter designs of the yesteryears. Apart from that, the scooter gets modern technology including IP67 lithium-ion battery pack. However, Bajaj did not disclose the capacity of the battery pack during the unveiling. Also, the battery pack used in the scooter is an IP67 waterproof rated lithium-ion battery pack. The charging time of the scooter is not known yet and the manufacturer will reveal such details on the launch date.
This will be the first of many new electric products that will be launched by the manufacturer in the coming years. Currently, many other manufacturers in India are planning to enter the electric vehicle segment. Established manufacturers like Hero Motorcorp also offers a range of electric scooters in the Indian market.