All you need to know about all-electric Bajaj Chetak
Bajaj Electric Chetak comes in two variants -- Urbane and Premium -- priced at Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.15 lakh, respectively.
Bajaj has finally launched the new all-electric Chetak that takes design inspiration from the previous model. The electric scooter has two variants -- Urbane and Premium -- priced at Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.15 lakh, respectively (Ex-showroom Pune).
The Urbane comes in two colour options whereas the Premium has four colour variants. The Premium version comes with disc brakes and a slight difference in cosmetics as compared to the Urbane.
The booking of the scooter will start at KTM dealerships in the afternoon today in Bengaluru and Pune. It can be booked by paying a token amount of Rs 2,000. The company will start delivering the scooters by the end of February.
The Bajaj Electric has two riding modes -- Eco and Sports -- and the range of the scooter depends on these modes. Chetak will provide a riding range of 95 Plus Km in the Eco mode whereas 85 Km Plus in the Sports mode.
A new regenerative braking system helps boost the performance of the scooter as it gets charged when the brake is applied. This helps in keeping in check the riding mode of electric scooters.
The scooter runs on a 3kWh battery Li-ion battery (fixed, non-swappable) that powers 4,080W motor generating 16 Nm of torque and 5.47 bhp peak power. Bajaj is providing three years of warranty on 50,000 km, three free services with once a year service or 12,000 km.
The battery on Chetak is IP67 rated and has a charging time of five hours. It can be charged up to 25 per cent in an hour. Bajaj says that the battery can last for 70,000 km. The price of the charger is also included with the scooter and can be installed at home with the help of a trained technician.
Other features include cloud connectivity with one-year free data subscription, keyless start and monochrome digital display.
Other 150-200 cc scooters and motorcycles:
Bajaj Pulsar NS200, TVS Apache and other 150-200 cc bikes provide a maximum torque of around 15-20 Nm. They are priced around 1 lakh but fuel consumption is the main concern. The electric scooter won't consume petrol and can be charged at home whereas these bikes burn petrol that is adding to pollution and climate change.
Other electric vehicles:
Various startups like Revolt and Emflux are coming up with electric bikes. A number of companies have also started launching electric cars too. The government aims to bring make 30 per cent of the cars electric by 2030. It will reduce the consumption of liquid fuel and also decrease the carbon emission of the country.