It is official, Bajaj is bringing the Chetak back under its Urbanite brand. The new Bajaj Urbanite Chetak is an all-electric scooter with the name of an icon. Bajaj’s Urbanite brand will deal specifically with modern electric scooters in the future.
When it comes to the pricing, the exact figure was not revealed. However, Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto assured us saying, “I hesitate to call it an aggressive price, but we’ll price it attractively. It’s not going to be as high as Rs 1.5 lakh”. Further, the scooter is also eligible for the FAME II subsidy which will help bring the price further down.
Bajaj Urbanite Chetak – what does it run on?
The new Chetak retains the name of a historic legend but is completely different on the inside. It now runs on an electric powertrain. This includes a 4kW electric motor. Bajaj did not reveal the battery specifications, but the new scooter is rated to have a range of 85km in Sport mode and 95km in Eco mode. Bajaj also makes it a point to note that real-world performance and ARAI test figures will be higher.
The battery uses li-ion technology that can be charged using a regular 5-ampere home power outlet. However, there will be no fast charging option. A full charge should take about 5 hours. The scooter uses an automated gearbox to transmit the power from the motor to the rear wheel. The instrument cluster also appears to have a gear position indicator with a neutral indicator.
Design and features:
The design of the scooter is a mix of the nostalgic curves and modern lines. It features all-LED round headlamps. The nostalgic elements continue with curved side panels and unique tail lamps. However, it also features scrolling LED turn signals which is a more modern touch. The instrument cluster is also brand new and is fully digital. However, it is not on the same level as the TFT screens on the competitor, Ather 450. It also gets connected features like theft protection, accident or unauthorized access notifications, and also the ability to control music playback on smartphones.
The new Chetak will be launched in phases starting with Pune and Bengaluru. Launch in phases is important as EVs are still for a niche audience and not a mass-market product. It is also slightly on the premium side. Pune is closest to Bajaj’s manufacturing plant and hence the company has included it in the initial launch. Bengaluru, on the other hand, is turning out to be a hub for electric vehicles. Ather was also first launched in this city. So, it only makes sense to include it in the initial launch phase.