Bajaj Chetak e scooter in India gets a price hike
In January 2020, Bajaj Auto marked its foray into the electric two-wheeler as well as the return of the Chetak brand with the launch of the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter in India. Since then, the home-grown automaker hadn’t introduced a price hike for the e scooter even once — even as the rest of the industry introduced price hikes. Well, it has been more than a year now and Bajaj Auto has finally decided to jump on the price hike bandwagon. Yep, the two-wheeler manufacturer has silently increased Bajaj Chetak e scooter’s price in India. Bajaj Chetak’s availability is still restricted to Bengaluru and Pune, where it now retails for ₹1.15 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base Urbane variant.
The Bajaj Chetak Premium model now retails for ₹1.15 lakh (ex-showroom). This translates into an increase of ₹15,000 for the Urbane variant and ₹5,000 for the top-end Premium model.
So, now one is bound to wonder what drove Bajaj to increase Chetak’s price in India. Well, the truth is that the automaker’s supply chain has taken quite a blow due to COVID-19 — Bajaj has struggled to import components sourced from China. In fact, in order to get around this problem, the company also strived to boost Chetak’s localisation, but we are not sure how well those efforts have paid off, if at all.
The Bajaj e scooter comes equipped with a 4080 W motor and a 3kWH battery and promises a riding range of 95+ km/charge in Eco mode and 85+ km/charge in Sport mode. Bajaj Chetak electric scooter’s battery can be charged to 25 per cent capacity in an hour and 100 per cent in five hours.