Bajaj Auto unveiled its first electric scooter for the Nepalese market, under its new electric vehicle division, Urbanite. Christened the Bajaj Chetak, after the company's iconic scooter, the new electric two-wheeler will be manufactured at the manufacturer's Chakan plant. Bajaj has announced that deliveries for the new Chetak electric scooter will commence from January 2020, starting with Pune, followed by Bengaluru, gradually moving across India and then to Nepal. It will be the first to many electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers to be introduced under the Urbanite brand.
The new Bajaj Chetak is powered by an IP67 rated high-tech Lithium-Ion battery with NCA cells, which can be charged using a standard 5-15 amp electrical outlet, and it will offer an in-city range of up to 100 km. Detailed specifications haven't been revealed yet, however, the Chetak will come with an Intelligent Battery Management System that controls the charge and discharge seamlessly. The electric scooter comes with 2 driving modes - Eco and Sport, along with a reverse assist mode for more convenience. The scooter also gets regenerative braking, which converts braking heat into kinetic energy to maximise range. The Chetak will also be a fully-connected and will be embedded with mobility solution like data communication, security and user authentication.
Visually, the scooter comes with a retro-style design with smooth lines and curvy profile. The vehicle only comes with Chetak badging on the front apron and the rear between the taillights. The Chetak also comes with good fit and finish which is extenuated by premium details like chrome bezel for the headlamp with an LED daytime running lamp ring and LED headlamp. The scooter is also claimed to get feather touch-activated electronic switches, sequential scrolling LED. The scooter also comes with a single-piece seat, larger silver grab rails, and multispoke alloy wheels. Bajaj will offer the Chetak electric scooter in 6 colours.
The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter looks robust and stands tall on 12-inch cast alloy wheels, and with an all-metal body with a neo-retro design. Bajaj says the bodywork has been completely developed in-house, but the silhouette does resemble the Vespa Elettrica and the Vespa GTS 300 in many ways. The new Bajaj Chetak gets a LED headlight, with a strip of LED daytime running light, a round, retro-styled digital instrument cluster, as well as nicely finished "feather touch" switches, along with scrolling LED blinkers. Overall fit and finish is quite nice, and the new Bajaj Chetak will likely stand out among other electric scooters available in Nepal right now.