Indian Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has flagged off the Chetak Electric Yatra organised by Bajaj Auto in New Delhi. Riders on 20 Chetaks have travelled more than 3000 km through North and Western India to finally reach Pune. It has already travelled from Delhi to Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, the Chetak Samarak in Chittorgarh, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Panaji before reaching Pune on November 14, 2019. The Yatra was welcomed and felicitated by Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto at its Corporate office in Akurdi.
The new Chetak features a hypnotic horseshoe-shaped LED headlight with DRLs, feather touch-activated electronic switches and sequential scrolling LED blinkers. A large digital console intuitively displays vehicle information with crisp clarity. It has an IP67 rated high-tech Lithium-Ion battery with NCA cells, the battery is easily charged using a standard household 5-15 amp electrical outlet. The on-board Intelligent Battery Management System (IBMS) controls charge and discharge seamlessly. Additionally, an elegant home-charging station is available at a nominal cost. The Chetak offers 2 drive modes (Eco, Sport) and a reverse assist mode to ensure that all the demands of a rider are satisfied. Regenerative braking via an intelligent braking system that converts braking heat into kinetic energy helps maximise its range.
The Chetak mobile app gives the rider a comprehensive overview of all aspects of his / her vehicle and its ride history. The powertrain similarly employs a unique single-sided cast aluminium swingarm which houses the traction motor that drives the wheel through a high-efficiency automated gearbox.
The new Chetak is made at a state-of-the-art dust-free, temperature-controlled facility at Chakan to exacting standards using the best materials and cutting edge robotic technology. With a workforce comprising 80 percent women, this is truly a production line of the future!
The new Chetak will over 2020 find presence beyond the shores of India, across the relevant markets of Europe, said Bajaj Auto.
At its peak, Bajaj Chetak enjoyed unprecedented popularity with waiting periods exceeding 10 years and a resale value greater than its purchase price. More than 1.3 crore Chetaks were sold in India.