What we know:
Things I’ve decoded / gathered from the videos and pictures of Chetak so far…
- Metal Body with clean retro looks
- LED headlamps, tail lamps and blinkers
- Circular surround DRL in Headlamp
- Chetak logo inside Headlamp.
- Centre stand and side stand
- Body coloured side step for saree clad women
- Foldable foot rest
- Black 12" alloy wheels with red border
- Contrasting red stitching for seats
- under seat storage as well as front storage space.
- Front storage has mobile charging socket, First aid cum tool kit and probably the portable charger
- 6 colours-Black, White, Gold, Matte Silver, Blue, Red/Maroon
- Only Chetak branding…no Bajaj branding. Thankfully they didn’t name it Bajaj Urbanite Chetak Chic Electric as rumoured.
Suspension tyres and brakes
- 90/90-12 MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres
- Disc brake on front and drum brake on rear
- No telescopic front shocks but a setup like Activa
- Rear mono shock (on left side)
- The 4KW motor is a direct drive mounted on the Swing-arm. This will mean it’ll be eerily silent!
- The battery pack is located under the storage towards the front portion of the seat and is non swappable! the battery pack looks like a small aircraft cabin baggage!
Charging and Range
- Portable charger. (Most probably stored in the front storage area).
- Home charging station.
- BMS with auto cutoff.
- Charging port in under the seat where usual fuel filling cap is present-Not sure how to close the seat during charging.
- Range in Eco mode 95kms and 85kms in Sports mode. not sure if it is ARAI rated or real world. if it is ARAI rated, it is low IMO
- The switches on the handlebar are finished in piano black.
- The right side has 5 buttons M (Mode), R (reverse), another button (probably Power button), D (Drive) and the Right blinker switch.
- The left side has 5 buttons high beam/low beam, light on/off, another button, (looks like N to me), Horn and the left blinker switch.
- This is the first time I’m seeing separate left and right blinkers on left and right side of the handlebar. will take time to get used to IMO
The display cluster
It is circular and is further divided into two concentric circular sections.
The outside section has all tell tale lights. moving clockwise from the Chetak Symbol on top, we see high beam, right blinker and battery charging. Moving anti clockwise, we see light on/off telltale, left blinker, Neutral mode lamp and a generic warning symbol.
The inside section is a digital display and has may display features. the top half of the periphery shows speed progress bar. Looks like the max speed that can be displayed is 100kmph and hence the top speed must be around 90kmph.
The right bottom periphery shows the battery percentage progress bar.
The left bottom periphery shows modes - Sports, Eco, Drive, Neutral and Reverse. Not sure what exactly is Neutral mode for.
Top portion of the central area:
- Bluetooth symbol
- Play-pause symbol
- Call alert indicator
- Time display
- Charging (plug icon)
- Service reminder
- Side Stand indicator
- Battery temperature/overheat symbol
- Battery full of percentage indicator
- Speed (kmph or mph customisable)
- range (kms or miles)
- ODO 7-segment number area (kms or miles)
- This same area shows SOC (statement of charge) during charging
- Below that is TTC (Time To Charge) in hh:mm
- Keyless start stop.
- There is a button on normal key slot area which is probably to open the cover for the front storage area.
- Luggage hook on the front seat (like Vespa)
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Call alerts
- Song play control of Bluetooth connected device
- No touch screen or on-board navigation
- Mobile charging 12V cigarette lighter socket
Chetak vs Ather 450
Looking at all these, it looks like Bajaj has ticked most of the boxes with Chetak and as expected, this will be the real competition to Ather 450.
- Elegant retro looks
- Nice Colour options
- Feature laden
- Silent hub mounted motor
- Centre stand
- Rear side step
- Brand name
- Established dealer network
- Futuristic sporty looks
- Smart, connected vehicle
- Touchscreen and on-board navigation
- Telescopic front shocks, two disc brakes, rear centre mounted mono shocks
- Superb balance owing to the “designed to be an EV” approach
- OTA updates
- Belt drive that makes sound (sound is actually good)
Overall, I feel that Chetak will appeal to the masses (provided they get the pricing correct) while Ather will appeal to younger geeky people. If Chetak is like Activa/Vespa, 450 is like Dio/Aprilia.
Finally good to see two Indian companies having strong products and leading this new phase in 2-wheeler EV scenario.
Disclaimer: I’ve tried to collect correct details as much as possible. However since full specs/details of the Chetak haven’t been officially revealed, I can’t guarantee the correctness of the above!
Got some more pictures from twitter…
From that last picture I see that it has a front storage area. Inside that there is a mobile phone charging socket (something that Ather missed) and a toolkit & first aid kit on the right. On the left it’s probably a body cover or just a storage pouch.
Points mentioned on that sticker:
Driving without Key Fob will stop the vehicle while drive mode change
This idicates a start-stop button and a key fob.
For daily usage of vehicle, Battery charging every night is recommended
Ensure above 40% Battery Charge before long duration storage of Vehicle
Similar to Shutdown or Vacation mode on Ather
Avoid charging under snow and near hot objects
Parking under shade is recommended
Tyre size: 90-90-12 54J
single rider- front 22psi rear 29psi
with pillion- front 22psi rear 34psi
Other information I got from other sites…
- Chetak will have 2 modes Sport and Eco with a range will be 85 kms and 95 kms respectively. Not sure if this is ARAI rated range.
- All metal body.
- IP67-rated lithium-ion battery and a swingarm-mounted motor.
- NCA (Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide) type cells.
- Reverse-assist feature.
- Charger with a standard household 5-15 amp electrical outlet.
- A home-charging station (like Ather dot) will be available at a nominal cost
- Will be sold via Bajaj pro-biking outlets and KTM dealers.
- No Bajaj branding on the scooter.
- Will be launched in Pune in January, 2020 and prives will be revealed around that time. Sales will first start in Pune and then Bangalore