At a press conference in Pune today to mark the conclusion of the 3000 km-long ‘Chetak Electric Yatra,’ Rajiv Bajaj, the MD of Bajaj Auto supplied new details on the company’s very first electric two-wheeler, the Chetak.
Bajaj stated that the company was working on a performance-spec variation of the Chetak which would be offered by KTM or Husqvarna. The platform would be utilized by either or both business to get in the scooter sector, and that KTM chief Stefan Pierer is really impressed by Bajaj’s first electrical scooter.
KTM is not brand-new to the idea of efficiency electrical two-wheelers. The brand, in the European market, is currently retailing the Freeride E-XC, the electric avatar of the Freeride 250 R enduro, that utilizes a 3.9 kWh battery to produce 24.5 hp and 42 Nm of torque. At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, it unveiled the E-speed electric scooter, powered by a liquid-cooled permanent-magnet simultaneous motor that established 14.75 hp & 36 Nm of torque from the 4.36 kWh battery pack. The 140 kg electric scooter could strike 80 kmph top speed and travel 64 km on a single charge. This idea never made it to production in spite of media reports emerging in 2016 of revival strategies.
What can one expect from the Chetak-based KTM electrical scooter/Husqvarna electric scooter?
For starters, we anticipate to see a radically different body that is edgier, angular and sharper. KTM as a brand name is about performance and aggression and you can anticipate the scooter’s mindset to show these principles. Secondly, the signature orange livery is an offered.
Thirdly expect a larger motor and a beefier battery pack. The Chetak uses a 4kW motor that offers it a 95 km range and a leading speed of about 60 kmph. Expect quicker acceleration, a much greater top speed and range on the premium variant. Along with the scaled-up efficiency, one can likewise anticipate to see other hardware enhance with higher-rated brakes and a various suspension together with premium gear like sporty TFT display screen.
One can anticipate to see the KTM/Husqvarna electric scooter presented in a couple of years. The Chetak, bookings for which open in the coming weeks, goes on sale in January 2020 with a 3-year/50,000 km service warranty and 15,000 km service interval. It will be sold by means of KTM dealerships starting with Pune, then Bangalore and the cost (expected to be around INR 1.1 lakh on-road) will be announced at the time of launch.