The Chetak gets a total of two riding modes – three if you consider the reverse mode as well. Eco and Sport – like their names suggest have specific purposes. I used the Eco mode primarily for my easy and slow-speed riding. There were moments in the city traffic where I just wanted to reach my destination in a relaxed and chill way and the Eco mode obliged. The performance in this mode was decent and there was never a time when I felt the need to have something more. However, that need came in when the roads got wider and emptier. This is where I don’t want to be the slowest. So I twisted that throttle more and entered the world of Sport mode.
Now here, the Chetak is fast – not outrageously fast, but fast enough to overtake some 125cc motorcycles. I played around with the instant torque delivery at the traffic signals and thoroughly enjoyed that experience. Plus, Sport mode is a must if there are plenty of flyovers that you need to pass and that too during peak traffic hours. As of now, there are two ways to enter the Sport mode – directly switch to the Sport mode or go via Eco mode, which does get irritating. Bajaj hasn’t provided a dedicated Eco mode, due to which numerous beeps come in. Plus, since there are no restrictions on the throttle position, Eco mode tends to hit the Sport mode most of the time. As a result, I ended up using Sport mode even when I didn’t want to.
Now, the overall weight distribution of the Chetak is quite balanced. The scooter doesn’t feel as heavy while taking it out of the parking. Once in motion, the e-scooter is easy to ride and does not much effort while commuting. The combination of upright sitting ergonomics and good performance allowed me to get through traffic stress-free. The ride quality, too, is supple and manages most of the moderately sized potholes. It’s only when the road gets rough and bad, the trailing front suspension tends to show its limitations.
That said, Chetak has a claimed riding range of 90km on a single charge, and it takes about four hours to charge 100 per cent. It can be charged using a standard 5A plug and comes with a charging cable as standard. Moreover, the company will send a technician to set up a plug point in your parking lot. Bajaj claims that this battery could last up to 70,000km or seven years, provided the owner has kept its charge above 15 per cent all the time and used it regularly. But in terms of warranty, it comes with 50,000km or three years, whichever comes early.