With a starting price of Rs 1.52 lakh (ex-showroom), Bajaj Auto has launched the 2023 Chetak Electric scooter in India. Several improvements to the two-wheeler's features and design are included in the new EV. Additionally, the current model of the electric scooter, which is now being offered at a price of Rs 1.22 lakh (ex-showroom), will be sold alongside the new electric scooter. It should be noted that adjustments like a wider selection justify a Rs 30,000 price difference. Only the most expensive Premium variant has received the updates, and it now has more surprises in store. Three new shades have been added to the colour palette as a result of these updates. The firm is also attempting to extend the EV's supply chain. Over 60 Indian cities currently offer the Chetak EV for sale. By the end of March 2023, Bajaj Auto hopes to have the e-scooter available in nearly 100 stores spread across 85 cities. More than 40 of these stores are upscale experience hubs.
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Three new colours are available for the Chetak electric scooter's new Premium Edition: Satin Black, Matte Coarse Grey, and Matte Caribbean Blue. The updated Bajaj Chetak Electric scooter also comes with a new full-color LCD display. A two-tone seat, body-coloured rearview mirrors, a satin black grab rail, and matching pillion footrest castings are among the other product highlights. The headlight housing, blinkers, and centre trim components are now Charcoal Black.
Aside from these cosmetic changes, the battery and motor have not been updated. It is powered by a 3kWh battery pack and a 3.8kW motor. This configuration offers a top range and speed of 108 kilometre and 60km/h, respectively. The true range of the electric scooter, according to the company, is 90 kilometre on a single charge. With all of this, 4.2 kW of power and 20Nm of peak torque are provided. Moreover, it takes the battery four hours to fully charge using a standard charger. Regarding the scooter's components, it still rolls on 12-inch alloy wheels that are held in place by a single spring up front and a single spring at the back. Meanwhile, a disc-drum setup with CBS is used for braking.
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Priced at Rs 1.52 lakh (ex-showroom), the 2023 Bajaj Chetak Premium competes against models like the TVS iQube and the Ola S1 Pro. Up until the end of January 2023, the Bajaj Chetak is expected to have sold a total of 38,771 units since launch. In comparison, the TVS iQube e-scooter, which was also introduced in January 2020, sold 77,664 fewer units. The Bajaj Chetak's lower 90-kilometre range on a single charge and relatively small network as compared to its rivals have, to some extent, affected sales. Bajaj Auto released a circular last month stating that the Chetak's claimed Indian Driving Conditions (IDC) range is going to increase by 20 per cent to 108km in an attempt to tackle this. This expanded riding range ought to encourage more sales. Meanwhile, bookings for the 2023 Bajaj Chetak are now open, with deliveries beginning next month.
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