Bajaj Auto launches Chetak electric scooter at Rs 1 lakh, bookings begin January 15

Bajaj Chetak Electric marks the two-wheeler maker's re-entry to the scooter market after a hiatus of 14 years.
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Bajaj Auto on Tuesday launched its much-awaited Chetak electric scooter and said the bookings will start from January 15.

The deliveries of Chetak, which comes at a starting price of Rs 1 lakh, will commence from February end, the company said. The electric variant of the iconic Chetak will initially be available in Pune and Bengaluru, it said.

"From January 15 onwards, Chetak will be available in two cities and this will mark the commencement of a new era in two-wheeler mobility," Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto, said.

Bajaj Auto had unveiled the Chetak last October. The company said the electric scooter will be available in two variants, Urbane and Premium. Additionally, a home-charging station will be included in the package.

To provide a seamless and convenient booking experience, customers can book the vehicle online on the Chetak website at an initial amount of Rs 2,000, it said.

According to Bajaj Auto, Chetak needs minimal maintenance with a service interval of 12,000 kilometres or one year (whichever is earlier), and comes with an overall warranty of three years or 50,000 kilometres (whichever is earlier) inclusive of the lithium-ion battery.

The Chetak Urbane edition with drum brakes will be priced at Rs 1 lakh, while the Chetak Premium edition with disc brakes and luxury finish will be priced at Rs 1.15 lakh.

Powering the Bajaj Chetak Electric is a 3 kWh IP67 rated battery. The scooter’s electric motor produces 4 kW of power and 16 Nm of torque. A standard wall-mounted charger takes five hours to fully charge the scooter while 25 percent of the charge is achieved in an hour.

Both prices are ex-showroom and inclusive of applicable subsidies, and exclusive of insurance and road tax, the company said.

Speaking at the formal market launch event, Sharma said, "Our objective is to provide an attractive and viable option to commuters with different needs and expectations through the Chetak range. To achieve this, we have offered a highly advanced and elegant looking electric scooter at an affordable price".  

(Disclaimer: Additional background information has been added to this PTI copy for context)

(Edited by Suman Singh)


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