Bajaj Auto’s plan to take the Chetak electric scooter to other Indian cities has been delayed by the throes of the COVID-19. The global pandemic has disturbed the supply of components from China and the delays in getting the product feedback from the customers are also the reasons for the setback in expansion.
Bajaj Chetak, which started deliveries in the month of March just before the nationwide lockdown, is currently sold in Bangalore and Pune. Speaking to MoneyControl, Mr Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto has said that the Chetak received a good number of orders but they had to stop taking them as the supplies were interrupted and some parts were sourced from Wuhan. He has said that the company will continue to focus on Pune and Bangalore markets for now and then decide on the expansion to other cities later.
Bajaj hasn’t revealed the number of orders it has received for the Chetak but is now looking to fulfil the pending orders in priority. One report said that the company had received 2,000 orders in about 15 days. Mr Sharma added that for now Bajaj wants to service the demand and receive feedback about the product, the charging ecosystem and the subsidies and they are at a loss of four to five months depending on when the lockdown is lifted.
Last month PluginIndia had reported, based on a letter issued by the Bajaj Chetak team, that deliveries of the Chetak would reopen in the July-September quarter.
Though it has started production of other products after the current lockdown restrictions were eased, Bajaj has not resumed the production of Chetak.