Bajaj Auto has increased the prices of the Chetak electric scooter by up to Rs 15,000 last month even though it was not available for bookings. Now, the homegrown two-wheeler manufacturer has announced that it will resume the bookings from 13th April, on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa, Cheti Chand, Ugadi, Baisakhi, and Chaitra Navratri. However, it is important to note that the booking will be open for a limited period only.
About Bajaj Chetak e-Scooter
The Bajaj Chetak is a neo-retro-styled electric scooter that is offered in two variants – Urbane and Premium, priced at Rs 1,15,000 and Rs 1,20,000 (ex-showroom Pune), respectively. At this price range, the Chetak is nearly Rs 12,000 more expensive than the TVS iQube Electric (Rs. 1.08 lakh). However, it undercuts the Ather 450X (Rs 1.27-1.46 lakh) by a massive difference of Rs 26,000.
Powering the Bajaj e-Chetak is a 4.08kW brushless DC motor that draws its charge from the 3kWH IP67 rated lithium-ion battery pack and puts out 16Nm. It offers a real-world range of over 95km in Eco mode and over 85km in the Sport mode. It also gets a reverse mode. Its battery can be rejuvenated upto 25 percent in one hour and 100 percent in 5 hours via a conventional 5A power socket. The battery comes with a 3-year or 50,000km warranty and its life is claimed to last around 70,000km.
As far as the features are concerned, the Chetak electric scooter gets a metallic body, a round LED headlamp with horseshoe-shaped LED daytime running lamps, an LED taillamp, and a fully digital LCD instrument cluster that comes with smartphone connectivity, geo-tagging, and geofencing features as well as a turn-by-turn navigation assistant. The smartphone connectivity tech uses the Internet of Things (IoT). Using this feature, one can also see the scooter's location, charging status, range, etc. Last but not the least, the Chetak's Premium variant is offered in four colors option: black, beige, blue, and red, whereas the base-spec Urbane comes in two colors: yellow and white.
As of now, the Bajaj Chetak is only available in Bengaluru and Pune. The brand is looking to expand its availability to more cities. This will not only help the brand to boost its sales numbers, but the buyers will also get a viable alternative to petrol-powered scooters.