Bajaj Chetak electric scooter spotted testing confirmed hub motor version
Due to the revision in FAME II, electric scooter manufacturers are reconsidering their product lines and striving to make their scooters more affordable. Ather has introduced the 450S, which features a smaller battery pack, and Ola has released a range of affordable scooters in addition to the updated S1 Pro Gen 2.
Bajaj is currently testing the Chetak EV in India, which is expected to be a more affordable version of the current Chetak model. The Chetak is currently priced at Rs 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom). Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Chetak EV.
Based on the picture, it seems that the less expensive version of the Chetak will have the same design as the current model. The Chetak has a distinct, classic design that appears to remain unchanged in these images.
It is possible that Bajaj may switch from using metal panels to plastic ones in order to cut costs, which could potentially alter the scooter’s unique selling point. However, this has not yet been confirmed and more information will be provided closer to the launch.
What’s new in the Chetak EV
According to Bajaj’s filed documents, the upcoming Chetak EV will have a 2.9kWh battery pack and a new hub-mounted motor. This is a change from Chetak’s original selling point, which highlighted its unique and superior electric motor. The company made this change to keep costs low.
Bajaj also claims that the Chetak EV will have a range of 108km on a full charge and a top speed of 63 kmph, as stated in an approval document.
Based on the pictures, it appears that the upcoming Chetak model will feature LED lighting, alloy wheels, a front disc brake, single-sided front suspension, and other updates. However, it is uncertain if Bajaj will keep the same digital instrument console with phone connectivity, which is offered by its rivals.
Regarding competitors, the new Chetak will be up against other scooters on the market such as Ather 450S, Ola S1 Air, and TVS iQube.
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