In a build up to its launch of Bajaj Chetak electric scooter in the coming weeks, the Pune-based two wheeler giant has released a video detailing the vehicle’s live tracking feature.
A premium e-scooter is incomplete without a Smartphone app for remote access and analytics. The live tracking feature which is one of the many features of e-Chetak’s Smartphone app helps the rider find the scooter in a crowded parking area like massive shopping malls, city center, etc.
The feature is relatively simple and a similar functionality is available on Google maps as well. However, the Bajaj app seems to be more convenient. In addition to live tracking, the app will also be able to generate trip statistics, user authentication and several other security and convenience features.
The Bajaj Chetak adopts a retro classic design with Vepsa-like curvy panels. Modern features include LED headlamp, digital instrument console, USB port, alloy wheels and front disc brake. The scooter sports an all-metal body.
Coming to the technical specifications, the Chetak is powered by a 4 KW (5.36 hp) electric motor which is supported by a lithium-ion battery pack whose specifications are not revealed yet but in Eco mode, the scooter has a claimed range of 100 km. It goes down to 80 km in Sport mode. Via a regular wall socket, the battery can be fully charged in around 5 hours while 80% of charge takes around 3.5 hours.
Bajaj is planning to introduce the e-Chetak in a phased manner, starting with Bangalore and Pune in first phase. The scooter will go head-on with the Ather 450 which has a well established presence in Bangalore and is gearing up to enter Pune early next year. A price point of around INR 1 lakh inclusive of the FAME-II subsidy would put the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter in a strong position.
Meanwhile, Ather is gearing up to scale up its production in a bid to hold its fort in the nascent electric two wheeler market. The Bangalore-based startup recently announced that it will move its production to a much bigger built-up facility in Hosur. This would life the volume constraint which is currently limiting Ather’s market expansion.