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Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter launched in India for Rs 1 lakh

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The legend is back in an all-new electrifying avatar! Bajaj has launched the electric Chetak scooter at Rs 1,00,000 (ex-showroom, India).

The electric Chetak looks sharper and keeps up with the current trends but does not abandon its roots. It gets a metal body with satin chrome bezel. The scooter is fitted with an LED headlamp cluster with sleek DRLs that give it a perky appearance, which is further complemented by the funky mirrors. The bike gets a flowing design that is borrowed from its grandfather and replacing the old instrument cluster is a new all-digital console that shows speed, time, range, ride modes and charge.

Interestingly, there is no name or logo of Bajaj anywhere on the scooter. Rajiv Bajaj says reasons out by saying that Chetak has its own entity and can be recognised without the Bajaj logo. There is an intriguing feature which is the "Chetak" app. One can check the scooter's ride data via this application on a smartphone.

The Chetak does away with the conventional switches gets 'feather touch' activation and a 'swipe' function to actuate the turn indicators. A unique feature on the scooter is the reverse feature for hasslefree movement. The keyless start will be standard on the scooter. The Chetak comes equipped with onboard internet connectivity along with features like geofencing, location tagging and more via the "Chetak" app. Along with that, one year of data subscription will be free.

The scooter comes in two variants: Urbane and Premium. The Urbane range has two colour options and the Premium range provides four colour options. The drivetrain for both the scooters are the same, the difference being in slight cosmetic changes and colour options with Urbane getting front drum brakes and the Premium equipped with disc brakes. Price of the Urbane variant is Rs 1,00,000 and the Premium costs ₹Rs 1,15,000 (ex-showroom, India).

Bajaj has powered the Chetak with a 3 kWH battery which IP67 rated. The power peak is 4.08 kW and 3.8 kW in continuous effortless ride. The Lithium-ion battery provides a 95 km range in Eco mode and 85 km range in Sport mode. The battery comes without fast charging but is enabled with an in-built charger and it takes 5 hours to charge the battery to full capacity and 1 hour to charge upto 25 per cent. The company promises a battery longevity of 70,000 km. The Chetak charger comes complimentary with the vehicle and the installation is done by a trained technician at the customer's home.

Bajaj Auto provides a warranty of 3 years or 50,000 km with three free services and once a year or 12,000 km service. Customers can now book a test ride from home by visiting the official website www.chetak.com. Not only that, one can also book their electric Chetak for a nominal amount of ₹2,000 from the said site itself.

Select KTM dealerships in Bangalore and Pune will deal with the bookings and sales in the start. Bajaj's first EV will go up against the likes of Ather 450, Gemopai Astrid Lite and Okinawa i-Praise.

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