Bajaj Auto on October 16 unveiled its first electric scooter for the Indian market, under its new electric vehicle division, Urbanite. Named the Bajaj Chetak, after the company's iconic scooter, the new electric two-wheeler will be manufactured at Bajaj's Chakan plant.
The company has already announced that deliveries for the new Chetak will commence from January of 2020. The scooter will be the first to many electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers to be introduced under the Urbanite brand.
While prices have not been announced yet, the new electric scooter is expected to be priced around Rs1.5 lakh. The new Bajaj Chetak electric scooter will come under the company's Pro-Biking network, which includes the KTM brand, and distribution will be broadened depending on the response to the ecosystem.
The two-wheeler is powered by an IP67 rated high-tech Lithium-Ion battery with NCA cells, which can be charged using a standard 5-15 amp electrical outlet, offering an in-city range of up to 100 km. The electric scooter comes with 2 driving modes - Eco and Sport, along with a reverse assist mode for more convenience.
Visually, the scooter is a throwback to the retro-style design with smooth lines and curvy profile. Accompanied with a Chetak badging on the front apron and the rear between the taillights, the Chetak also comes with good fit and finish which is extenuated by premium details like chrome bezel for the headlamp with an LED daytime running lamp ring and LED headlamp. The scooter is also claimed to get feather touch-activated electronic switches, sequential scrolling LED. The scooter will be available in six different colours.
Post its launch in India in 2020, Bajaj also plans to export the Chetak to relevant markets across the globe.