The Bajaj Chetak Electric Yatra, which was flagged off from Delhi on 16 October will conclude in Pune on 14 November. Bajaj Auto will display the electric scooter and welcome the “Chetak Electric Yatra” riders in the city on the aforementioned date.
Regular readers would know that Bajaj Auto unveiled the Chetak electric scooter in October this year. However, the company is yet to announce the prices, variants and the availability details of the electric scooter. A report from last month claimed that the company will commence the booking process from November 2019, although Bajaj Auto is yet to make any announcements on that front. The event in Pune will be conducted in the presence of Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto. Thus, we may hear some details about the pricing and availability on 14 November.
We learnt at the unveiling event that the new Chetak e-scooter will be launched in January next year. The vehicle will be rolled out in a phased manner and be available in Pune and Bengaluru in the initial stage. Bajaj Auto will use the KTM outlets in the cities mentioned above until it upgrades its existing showrooms to deliver a premium buying experience. The Chetak e-scooter will rival the Ather 450 in Bengaluru. Ather Energy, on the other hand, will soon enter the Pune market.
The Chetak features a retro design and packs hardware such as full LED lighting (headlight, taillight and blinkers). The cockpit comprises a retro-style digital instrument console and backlit switchgear (a feature that’s already available on Bajaj and KTM range of products). The electric scooter features a steel-body to enhance the premium quotient.
While the final mechanical specifications are yet to be revealed, reports indicate that the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter uses a 4 kW motor that is powered by an IP67 rated battery pack. The battery pack benefits from an Intelligent Battery Management System that governs the charge and discharge functions. The battery boasts a range of 100 km and 80 km in Eco and Sport modes respectively.
The braking department comprises a disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the back. In comparison, the Ather 450 uses disc brakes on both wheels. The suspension setup on the Chetak e-scooter includes a single-sided front suspension and a single-sided spring at the back. The Ather 450, on the other hand, packs telescopic forks at the front.