Bajaj Auto, a manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters based in Pune, has temporarily halted production of its first-ever electric vehicle for the Indian markets, the Bajaj Chetak EV. The company has announced that scooter deliveries will only begin in September this year.
Bajaj Auto announced in a service statement dated 20 February that bookings made up to 29 February would only be catered for and delivered in September. Deliveries will be catered for according to sequences of bookings, document review and payment dates. Once their respective order reaches dealerships, customers may make a final payment.
According to plugindia, the company managed to sell 91 Chetak electric scooter units via a small dealership network compared to its closest competitor, iQube TVS which managed to record just 18 units in sales.
The Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter is available in two versions-the Rs 1 lakh-priced Chetak Standard, and the Rs 1.15 lakh-priced Chetak Premium. Called rates are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Both scooters are powered by a lithium-ion battery rated IP67, 3kWh, which provides a total range of 95 kilometres over a single charge. The battery produces 6.44 brake horsepower and 16Nm torque, in conjunction with the engine. It takes about five hours for the batteries to reach maximum charge.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, Bajaj Auto was forced to suspend all production activities. As is the case, the Indian Government has mandated the lock-down to remain in effect until May 17.