Bajaj Auto, one of India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturers, has unveiled the Chetak electric scooter under its Urbanite division. The Indian e-scooter market so far was dominated by non-conventional manufactures and Bajaj has now become the first established player to enter the segment.
The Chetak e-scooter, Bajaj’s first Urbanite product, was showcased today. The company will begin limited production of the vehicle, with an official launch slated in mid-November. The Chetak is already being produced at the company’s Chakan workshop. It will be sold through the Bajaj Pro-Biking chain of dealerships.
The new Chetak e-scooter has a European design. It sports a curvaceous sheet metal body and has a bulbous look. The two-wheeler comes with a handlebar-mounted LED headlight and a fully digital instrument cluster. The LED turn indicators get a scrolling function, much like the new-age Audis. The switchgear, according to Bajaj, is feather-touch activated. Keyless ignition comes as a standard feature.
Other features of the Chetak include Bluetooth phone connectivity, location tracking, geo-fencing, and telephone and music controls. The Chetak has a flat floorboard. There’s 19 litres of storage space beneath the seat.
The Bajaj Chetak will roll on 12-inch alloy wheels. The vehicle has a drum brake at the back and a disc brake in the front. The single-sided telescopic front fork is a distinctive feature, while the rear swingarm is made from cast aluminium. The e-scooter is powered by a Bosch-made 4kW electric motor and has a lithium-ion battery.
The new Chetak will have several connected features, including security alert and vehicle parameter monitoring. These are likely to be enabled through data connectivity. A dedicated mobile app will offer information on the scooter’s ride history and servicing.
Bajaj has a reputation to aggressively price its products and is likely to follow the same line with the Chetak. The e-scooter is likely to be pegged at around INR1 lakh.