Electric scooters are revolutionizing personal transportation in a number of countries all over the globe. This is especially true now, when motorcycles with outstanding range and quick charging capabilities are now available thanks to advancements in battery technology. Although electric motorbikes haven't taken off in the Philippines, some of them are starting to appear on the market, like the BMW CE-04 and CFMOTO's Zeeho AE8. However, across the pond in India, electric two-wheelers are very much established.
One of the largest manufacturers in India, Bajaj, was among the first to enter the electric vehicle market in 2020 with the first generation electric Chetak. Since then, additional models with comparable performance levels have entered the market. The TVS iQube, Aether 450X, and Ola S1 Pro are three electric scooters that bring their A-game to the Chetak. Bajaj has therefore revised the Chetak for 2023 in order to offer it a much-needed upgrade.
To begin with, three new hues of the Chetak are now available. The Matte Coarse Gray and Satin Black hues are suitable for those seeking an exquisite look. The Matte Caribbean Blue, on the other hand, provides the scooter a fresh appearance with blue paint covering every surface, including the mirrors and fenders. Gray paint has been applied to the alloy wheels to provide contrast. Additional cosmetic upgrades include a two-tone saddle, a grab rail that has been matte coated, a black headlamp cowl, and black blinker housings.
With a full-color TFT instrument cluster, Bajaj further updates the Chetak's technological features. The Chetak has a 3.8 kilowatt motor, or around 5.1 horsepower. The motor has a top speed of 60 kilometers per hour. The Chetak's battery has a 3-kilowatt-hour capacity and is said to have a range of 107 kilometers on a single charge. The battery has to be charged for roughly four hours.
For 2023, the Chetak continues to sport 12-inch front and rear alloy wheels. A single-sided front strut and a single rear shock absorber make up the suspension components. A combined-braking-system (CBS) connects the front disc brake with the rear drum brake. Orders for the 2023 Bajaj Chetak may now be made through Bajaj dealerships all throughout India. Retail price is Rs 152,000, or roughly P102,300. In the off chance that Bajaj decides to market this scooter in the Philippines, chances are it'll sell like hotcakes.