Bajaj is a company that has grown to become a mainstream 2-wheeler brand to enter the electric space, and on the other hand, it has also returned to the scooter segment with its new Urbanite sub-division. The first product gets Chetak nameplate, which has been resurrected after 14 years. Here are 5 must-know facts about the all-new 2020 Bajaj Chetak scooter.
Bajaj Chetak used to be one of the most popular Made-in-India scooters in its era, which lost its business in the race to compete with the new entry-level 100cc bikes, due to which the company stopped the production in 2005. But the recent updates have been pleasant as one of the favourite two-wheeler marked its come back on October 16, 2019, and the brand will start retailing the 2020 Bajaj Chetak scooter from January next year.
With the unveiling of the new Chetak, Bajaj Auto has become the 1st mainstream two-wheeler brand to launch an all-electric scooter. It is a proud product that has been developed in India while Bosch played a small role in the development. The all-new Bajaj Chetak will come equipped with an IP67 rated high-tech lithium-ion battery with Nickel Cobalt Aluminium Oxide (NCA) cells.
The battery that is present in the Bajaj electric scooter is not swappable but can be charged with a 5 to 15-ampere electric outlet. When this electric scooter will enter the market, it is expected to achieve a premium position and will rival the likes of Okinawa scooters, Hero Electric, Ather Energy, Ampere Electric Vehicles, Kymko 22 scooters, and a host of other new and upcoming electric scooters.
The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter has two different modes – one is Economy and the other is Sport. It has an on-board Intelligent Battery Management System (IBMS), which controls charge and discharge, and there’s also regenerative braking and offers a maximum speed of 60 km/h. In the Economy mode, on a single charge, it offers a range of around 100km.
In terms of looks, the 2020 Bajaj Chetak scooter has a robust appeal and it stands tall with a neo-retro design. It is loaded with modern functionalities including security, parameter monitoring, while it is also expected to have a dedicated app that will offer the riders with information like ride history, battery status, remaining charge, etc.
The new Bajaj Chetak draws certain similarities with the Vespa Elettrica and the Vespa GTS 300 in many ways. The scooter has a fully-digital instrument cluster that comes with Bluetooth connectivity. The new model of the Chetak will be available in six colours namely silver, red, blue, black, classic ivory, and gold.
Bajaj Auto has not revealed the exact technical specifications of the new Chetak electric scooter though, as per the details available, it will be powered by a 4kW electric motor mated to an IP67 rated lithium-ion battery. The 2020 Bajaj Chetak scooter will come with two riding modes – Eco and Sport, with a total range of 95km and 85km respectively. These figures were achieved through real-world testing that took place in Pune city whereas the figures that will be achieved through ARAI testing will be much higher.
The new electric scooter will have regenerative braking through an intelligent braking system that converts braking heat into kinetic energy to maximize the range. The company has taken a unique route of using a swingarm-mounted motor that sends power to the rear wheel through a high-efficiency automated gearbox. For the safety of the rider, the 2020 Bajaj Chetak scooter will come equipped with a front disc brake, a rear drum brake, and CBS (Combined Braking System) as standard. The 12-inch alloy wheels of the scooter are wrapped in tubeless-type 90/90-section MRF Zapper K-tyres.
The Urbanite scooter was unveiled by Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport and Highway Minister, on Wednesday (October 16, 2019) at an event that was organised in New Delhi. The price of the electric scooter is expected to be around 1.25 lakh in India while the price is yet to be confirmed for Nepalese market. The 2020 Bajaj Chetak scooter will be sold through the company’s pro-biking dealerships while the brand will be revealing the official price of the new Chetak at a launch event in India in January next year.