Electric scooters are all the hype this year, thanks to the arrival of the Bajaj Auto’s Chetak and the TVS iQube Electric. Eyes are also on Ather Energy’s 450X and 450 Plus (upgraded 450 in two variants). However, the Chetak and TVS iQube Electric still enjoy more anticipation, being all-new products.
Bajaj Auto launched the Chetak electric scooter and revived the legendary name that dates back to the 1970s on 14 January 2020. Deliveries began in early March. The availability was and still is limited to Pune and Bengaluru. Unfortunately, the market was shut down later that month because of the COVID-19 outbreak and the battery components were hard to come by as the vendor was based in Wuhan, China. The company had then faced production bottlenecks following the restart as the cells were waiting at the port.
Do note that while most reports call this product ‘Bajaj Chetak’, the way Bajaj Auto has marketed the product, all indications are that Chetak would become a standalone brand from a mere product name in the past.
The TVS iQube Electric launch in India took place just a few days later, on 25 January 2020. It was and still is available in only Bengaluru via about a dozen dealers. Deliveries commenced on 27 January 2020.
Bajaj Chetak vs. TVS iQube Electric – Sales
|Month||Bajaj Chetak Sales||TVS iQube Electric Sales|
|April 2020||0 (national lockdown)||0 (national lockdown)|
The sales numbers don’t seem like they belong to the registers of mainstream manufacturers (high-speed scooter sales of companies like Okinawa and Hero Electric are much higher) but both companies have had their challenges with the steady supply of components. With less disruptions expected at dealer channels, and production lines moving again, the second half the year should see an improved performance from both manufacturers.
Bajaj Chetak vs. TVS iQube Electric – Specifications
|Aspect||Bajaj Chetak Specification||TVS iQube Electric Specification|
|Length/Width/Height||1,970 mm/745 mm/1,145 mm||1,805 mm/645 mm/1,140 mm|
|Ground Clearance||170 mm||150 mm|
|Battery||2.89 kWh Li-ion||2.25 kWh (usable) Li-ion|
|Charging Time||5 hours||Approximately 5 hours|
|Power||4.08 kW||4.4 kW|
|Top Speed||70 km/h||78 km/h|
|Range||85+ km (Sport mode)/95+ km (Eco mode)||55 km (Power mode)/75 km (Eco mode)|
Bajaj Chetak vs. TVS iQube Electric – Price
Bajaj Auto sells the Chetak in Premium and Urbane variants. The Premium variant is available in four metallic colours: Hazelnut, Indigo Metallic, Brooklyn Black and Velutto Rosso. It costs INR 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom). The Urbane variant is available in only solid colours, and there are two of them: Cyber White and Citrus Rush. It costs INR 1 lakh (ex-showroom). Bajaj Auto promises a 70,000 km battery life and provides a 3-year/50,000 km warranty on the battery.
The TVS iQube Electric comes in only white colour and costs INR 1.15 lakh (on-road, Bengaluru). The price includes 3-year warranty (up to 50,000 km) standard warranty, lifetime SmartXonnect basic features, 1-year SmartXonnect advanced subscription and 1-year roadside assistance.