A test mule of the Chetak e-scooter has recently been spotted on Indian roads, suggesting that Bajaj is developing a more affordable version of the vehicle. The spy pictures that went viral online didn't show any modifications to the model's appearance or design. However, a significant change was noticed at the rear wheel. The spotted Chetak e-scooter showed a hub-mounted electric motor. In contrast to the existing Chetak, this motor led to the rear wheel rim being fully covered. The current model has a direct-drive electric motor as well as a multi-spoke alloy wheel. Given that the spotted Chetak featured a double-sided swingarm, the upcoming variant might forego the previous single-sided unit. Here are some more details on the new version of the e-scooter.
New Bajaj Chetak EV: Design and Mechanical Specifics
From the spy shots, it seems like the more affordable Chetak variant will keep the same style as the current model. However, there are reports that the automaker may make a few minor alterations to the bodywork by switching from the current metal to plastic in an effort to save costs. The 2.9kWh battery, which will be linked to a new hub-mounted motor, will power the new Chetak EV. This action is another initiative for cost reduction.
All of these modifications make it obvious that the automaker aims to introduce a Chetak that is affordable. The current model is priced at Rs 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom). With cost-effective changes, the upcoming version might ask for less than a lakh. More exact details are expected to be disclosed sometime soon.
Bajaj Pulsar N150 Launched in India
The N150 is a brand-new model that Bajaj recently added to its 150cc motorbike lineup. The bike costs Rs 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom) in India and is propelled by a 149.6cc single-cylinder engine with 14.5bhp and 13.5Nm. It sports a headlight with two LED DRLs on either side and an LED projector in the center. Further, it is available in three paint options: Racing Red, Ebony Black, and Metallic Pearl White. In terms of market rivalry, the new motorcycle competes with the Suzuki Gixxer, the Hero Xtreme 160R, and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V.