Pune-based homegrown based two-wheeler company, Bajaj Auto unveiled the latest Auto news for the brand fanatics. Yes, the Bajaj Chetak scooter is making its return, in an electric avatar. Bajaj Auto Limited on 16th October, Wednesday disclosed the iconic Chetak scooter to the audience.
It is the same iconic scooter that ruled the Indian two-wheeler market for nearly 3 decades between 1972 and 2006. Finally, Bajaj is back with a band to re-enter into the scooter industry. The brand became the emperor ruling much between the 70s and 80s. It again gained its position in 2006 focusing their target to launching latest bikes in India and abroad.
Slotted to release in January, it will go on sale from the first month of 2020. Initially being available only in Pune and Bangalore, the new Chetak will be available in two variants. It will offer 85 kilometres and 90 kilometres.
Bajaj had stopped the manufacturing of traditional scooters from 2009 to shift their focus on motorcycles. Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto states that there is a higher potential for scooters and three-wheelers in the electric segment.
Electric avatar? Is it any different?
Of course, it will be, in a lot of different ways! The traditional Chetak nearly sold 1.3 crore models in India. With the new avatar, the stylish design of the vehicle is modified with features. This further includes LED headlights with DRLs, electronic switches, sequential scrolling LED blinkers and a huge digital console.
Let’s speak about the latest scooter through its specifications.
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What does the Brand have to speak on the new avatar?
Bajaj quotes, “When we do something it’s better to come first and there is virtually no point coming second or third. It’s very important to be first to market. Scooters and step-through are a very important segment and we have not made the electric Chetak be in the volume space. We are trying to build meaningful niches with three-wheelers, superbikes and electric scooters,”.
Image Credit: https://www.chetak.com
There is only a single discontentment. The disagreement with Niti Aayog was when the policy was proposed for a rapid conversion to 100% EVs by 2023 and 2025. Bajaj said, “If 50 percent of my mind is on EVs today, in reality too it will be 50 per cent soon. We are constantly trying to align ourselves with the government’s policies.”
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for road transport, shipping and MSME, who was also the chief guest during the unveiling stated that the government is trying to stop fuel from burning. They are moving towards e-mobility solutions to offer a great solution to India’s burgeoning fuel import bill and pollution.
“We want to make India the number one hub for electric vehicle manufacturing in the world. That is our dream. It is difficult but not impossible to achieve,” he added.
Utsha Roy is an aspiring writer who has been gaining knowledge on various genres. Delving into the different cars and gadget news, she has also engaged herself into showcasing latest vehicles and gadgets news and reviews over Autonmobiles.com
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