The Chetak offers decent amounts of performance figures, but could do better in terms of tech features
Bajaj Auto recently launched its first-ever electric scooter model, which it named Chetak, bringing back the company’s most-famous scooter brand to life. The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter was launched at Rs 1 lakh for the Urbane edition and Rs 1.15 lakh for the Premium edition with disc brakes and a luxury finish, both prices ex-showroom.
For this price, the Baja Chetak comes with a battery and a motor that are IP67 rated to be able to brave the elements. The motor offers a continuous power rating of 3.8kW, with 4.08kW of peak power, and 16 Nm of torque. The electric scooter is offered with two riding modes – Eco and Sport, as well as an Intuitive kick down mode, and is said to offer a claimed range of 95 km. Meanwhile, the lithium-ion battery is of 3kWh capacity, with the capability of being charged to 25 % in one hour, with full charge taking five hours.
The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter offers mobile app sync as its connectivity feature, which comprises of options for theft detection, accident detection and charge status, making it quite rudimental in nature. Other technology features in the Chetak are fully-digital instrument cluster, feather touch electronic switches and reverse mode.
The new Chetak electric scooter is manufactured at the Bajaj Chakan facility, being manufactured by a team comprising 80 % women. The company has designed the electric scooter with a rigid frame developed with sheet metal parts and tubular single-sided suspension. In terms of the powertrain, it has been developed with a single-sided cast aluminium swing arm that houses the traction motor to drive the wheel. The motor is mated to a single-speed, automated gearbox.
In all, the new Bajaj Chetak electric scooter seems to be a decent product from the looks of the specification sheet. However, an increased level of connectivity and intelligence features could have taken the product to a level higher than what is offered in the market from a strong electric scooter start-up.