Bajaj Auto has launched its first electric scooter under the brand name of Chetak. Bajaj Chetak scooters once used to rule the Indian roads. The new Bajaj Chetak electric scooter has been launched in two models – Urbane and Premium. The company is accepting bookings for the vehicle on a payment of Rs 2,000.
The scooter comes with a 4kW motor, which is capable of developing a peak torque of 16Nm. The battery is an IP67-rated 3kWh (48V, 60.3AH) lithium-ion powerhouse. The battery can be charged using a 15amp electrical outlet, normally found in houses. It takes about five hours to charge the battery to full power; while in one hour it can go up to 25% from zero.
Bajaj Auto will install the charger at the customers’ location and the cost is included in the price of the scooter. The battery can last up to 70,000 Kms of running after which customers will have to go in for a replacement.
The body of the scooter is made of sheet metal. The digital instrument console has bezels around it and the headlamp and indicators are all LED. Other features include reverse riding mode, keyless ignition and regenerative braking system. There are two speed modes, Eco and Sport and the range is 96Kms in the first and 85Kms in the latter.
Bajaj Auto has also developed an app for the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter, which can keep the owner informed of the charge status, remaining range and location. Also, the owner will be notified in case of an unauthorised movement, charge start/complete/stop and accident/defects.
The company expects to deliver the scooters by the end of this month, starting with Pune and Bengaluru. The indicated price of this scooter is Rs 1 lakh. The company gives a three-year or 50,000 Kms warranty.