Just two days after bookings of the Chetak EV resumed, Bajaj has once again closed its order books. The company statement claims ‘large number of confirmed orders’ required them to make the move
Bajaj has once again suspended sales of the Chetak EV. This announcement comes just two days after the Chakan-based two-wheeler manufacturer resumed bookings of the electric scooter. As per the official statement, “a large number of confirmed orders were placed by customers requiring the company to cease acceptance of bookings within 48 hours”. Unfortunately, the company refused the divulge any information about the number of bookings received this time around or their current production capacity. In its first year as an EV, Bajaj has managed to sell more than 1,300 units of the Chetak.
It must be noted, however, that ever since its reintroduction last year, the Chetak EV has had quite a roller-coaster ride. The electric scooter was launched in January but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the country into a complete lockdown in the months of April and May 2020, leading to zero sales during the time. The company then resumed bookings in June but subsequently suspend sales towards the end of September. Amidst the pandemic and the inconsistency in logistics, Bajaj has also faced some challenges in the supply chain department.
As it stands today, Bajaj has stopped accepting bookings of the Chetak. Interested customers can however register themselves on the official website and stay notified about their future sales plans. Since launch, Bajaj only had the Chetak on sale in Pune and Bengaluru. While the company had plans of expanding to more markets, they haven't come to life just as yet. Bajaj has not revealed any information about when they are likely to resume sales.