Chetak Electric was recently revealed by Bajaj.
Ather 450 has been in the market for a while.
A similar feature set but styling is very different.
Bajaj is the first of the large manufacturers to announce an all-electric product that is also practical as well as desirable. The current leader in the electric scooter market space is the Ather 450. We take a look at how they stack up against each other.
The Chetak goes the way of the Vespa, with neo-retro looks and swooping lines. This is understandable since it bears a name that has a lot of nostalgia associated with it.
The Ather wears its modernity proudly, with a compact, new-age look not unlike that of the Aprilia scooters sold in our market. The Chetak will appeal to those with more traditional scooter values, with its larger seat and footboard.
Both have a similar chassis but opt for the different front suspension and rear brakes. The Chetak Electric opts for the single-sided front suspension, again, like the old Chetak (which was based on a Vespa), while the Ather opts for a twin telescopic front fork setup. The latter also uses a rear disc brake, while the Chetak settles for a drum for the rear.
A table comparing the two engines is below, but a few notes anyway: both claim similar full-charge range, at 80km for the Ather and 85-95km for the Chetak. Both use similar motors, 4.5kW for the Ather and 4kW for the Bajaj. Both use Li-ion batteries to store their charge. Bajaj hasn’t revealed any other details about the Chetak other than these figures.
The Chetak is expected to be priced at Rs 1.2 lakh, ex-showroom, which is slightly higher than the Ather 450, which costs roughly Rs 1.25 lakh, on-road, Bengaluru. The Bajaj will have a large sales and service network which works to its advantage.