Bajaj Auto has stopped the production of Chetak understandably in the current lockdown situation, but now reports suggest that the deliveries of Chetak have been delayed till September quarter (July – September).
PluginIndia has published a letter that is supposedly from the Bajaj Chetak team which has stated that the production of the Chetak has been stopped temporarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter to a customer, Bajaj has said that the bookings of Chetak for received till February 29th 2020 will be honoured in September 2020. It should be noted that Bajaj has already delivered a batch of Chetak electric scooters in the first week of March 2020 in Pune and Bangalore.
Towards the end of 2019, Bajaj announced that it will be reviving the Chetak brand as an electric scooter and launched the Chetak Electric in January 2020, priced aggressively at Rs 1 lakh ex-showroom for the Urbane variant and Rs 1.15 lakh ex-showroom for the Premium variant. By the end of January, it was reported that the Chetak had already gathered about 2,000 bookings from the two cities it was introduced in, a promising sign for Bajaj and the EV revolution in India.
The Chetak is equipped with a 4 kW motor that makes 16 Nm of torque and is powered by a 3 kWh lithium-ion battery offering a range of up to 95 km in Eco mode and 85 km in Sport mode. The battery can be charged to full capacity in five hours and an hour of charging gives 25 per cent charge.
It was also reported that Bajaj will be launching more models based on the Chetak, prototypes of which are already built. We can expect a performance-oriented model with better pickup and additional features similar to what Ather has done with the 450X, perhaps branded as a KTM or Huqvarna. Ather 450X was launched towards the end of January 2020 and came equipped with a more powerful battery and motor, a lighter body and faster charging time along with features such as 4G & Bluetooth connectivity, and new body colours.