Bajaj Chetak First Ride Review
- Jan 31, 2020
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It’s been a long and eventful wait, but Bajaj has finally launched its highly-anticipated e-scooter, the Chetak, in the country. Now that we have all the details about it, we can tell you all you need to know:
Range & Charging
This is an electric scooter, so let’s kick off with the most important numbers - range and charging times. Bajaj claims that the Chetak will ferry you 95km on a single charge of its 2.89kWh battery when ridden in Eco mode, with the range in sport mode expected to be around 85km. These figures are quite respectable, if they turn out to be accurate.
There is no fast charging option on offer, so a full charge from zero will require you to twiddle your thumbs for 5 hours, but an hour is enough to charge up to 25 per cent. Assuming linear proportionality, this means a charging rate of approximately 0.4km per minute.
Power & Torque
The electric motor powering the Chetak is rated at 3.8kW continuous output and 4.08kW peak output. The closeness between the two output figures is testament to the heat management systems on the scooter. Torque output is 16Nm and a geartrain is used to send power to the rear wheel, so torque multiplication will take place.
These figures also indicate that the drop-off in acceleration as speeds increase might not be as drastic as we’ve seen on certain other electric scooters tested by us so far. Also, the battery and motor both have an ingress protection rating of IP67 against dust and water.
As you’ll find out later in this article, the Chetak puts a rather hefty dent in your pocket, so it’s only fitting that this is a feature-rich motorcycle. Bajaj has equipped it with Bluetooth and IoT connectivity, fully digital instrumentation, USB charging, keyless operation and a reverse assist feature.
These convenience features are also accompanied by aesthetic touches like sequential LED blinkers at the rear and a full metal body. There’s even a kickdown feature that switches from Eco to Sport mode and back to Eco when a sudden burst of acceleration is requested by the rider.
The Chetak will be offered in two variants - Urbane and Premium. The former comes with drum brakes at both ends while the latter gets a front disc brake. Also exclusive to the Premium variant are metallic paint options, tan seats and minor cosmetic enhancements.
Pricing & Availability
We already knew quite a lot about the Chetak even before today but the one thing we’ve been waiting for is the price. We can now tell you that the Urbane variant will sell for Rs 1 lakh while the Premium will cost you Rs 1.15 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, after relevant subsidies). These prices also include the cost of a home charger. This places the Premium variant squarely against the Ather 450. Bookings will open tomorrow for an amount of Rs 2,000, and deliveries are expected to begin in Feb.
As of now, the e-scooter will be available through select KTM/ProBiking dealers - 13 in Bangalore and 2 in Pune, but Bajaj is also offering a fully digital sales experience whereby most procedures can be carried out online, except test rides and certain form signings. The sales operation will gradually be scaled up to include all KTM dealerships across the country. A warranty of 3 years/50,000km is offered on the Chetak’s lithium-ion batteries, and service intervals are 1 year/12,000km.
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