Bajaj Auto has resumed the bookings for its electric scooter, the Chetak in the Indian market. The company is currently accepting booking for the Chetak electric via its online portal. The deliveries of the scooters are expected to resume soon.
The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter went on sale in the Indian market during January this year. The company is selling its electric scooter in a phase-wise manner expanding to different cities across the country starting with Pune and Bengaluru.
However, The company had to temporarily suspend its operations to ensure the safekeeping of its workforce during the pandemic. Bajaj has resumed its entire operations after the government announcing relaxations on nation-wide lockdown due to Covid-19 crisis recently.
As a result, the company has resumed bookings for the electric scooter and is expected to arrive soon at dealerships in both cities. The Chetak deliveries began days before the lockdown and were temporarily suspended during the quarantine period. The company would be filling in the orders that were received before the lockdown and then start with fresh orders.
The pandemic has also caused a delay in the launch of Chetak electric in other cities across the country. According to the latest reports, the timelines have been pushed by around four months for a pan-India launch of the electric scooter. However, as the operations resume in full-swing, we expect no further delays with the launch in other cities.
The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter is offered in two variants: Urbane and Premium. The entry-level Urbane trim retails at Rs 1 lakh, while the top-spec Premium costs Rs 1.15 lakh, respectively. Both prices are ex-showroom (Bangalore). The electric scooters are being sold exclusively across all KTM dealerships in both cities.
The electric scooter features a modern-retro theme with contoured body panels. It comes equipped with round-shaped LED headlamps with integrated DRLs, LED taillights and turn indicators, digital instrument cluster, feather-touch activated switches, and chrome surrounds for the headlamps; among others.
The powertrain on the Chetak electric consists of a 4kW electric motor coupled to a 3kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric powertrain produces a peak torque of 16Nm and offers a maximum riding range of 95km on a single charge. The electric scooter also comes equipped with fast-charging technology. The company claims that the scooter will have enough juice to travel 25kms with an hour of charge.
Suspension on the scooter is handled by a single side tubular suspension at the front, and a mono-shock set up at the rear. Braking on the electric scooter is done via a disc brake at the front, and drum brake at the rear. The scooter will also feature a single side cast aluminium swing-arm with 12-inch alloy wheels.
Thoughts About The Bajaj Chetak Online Bookings Resumes
The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter rivals the Ather 450 and the TVS iQube electric scooter in the Indian market. During March 2020, Bajaj sold 91 units of Chetak electric scooters, as compared to 18 units of TVS iQube electric scooter. With bookings resumed, the company aims to add more volumes in the coming months.