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Just two days after opening the bookings Bajaj Chetak closes the online bookings for electric scooters amid high demand

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Bajaj Auto today announced that it closed the online bookings for the Chetak electric scooter within 48 hours in Bangalore and Pune. The online bookings had re-opened in the two cities on a first come first serve basis on April 13, 2021, with the company receiving an overwhelming response for the Chetak electric scooter.

The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter is available in a couple of variants — Urbane and Premium. Below are their prices (ex-showroom, Pune).

Chetak Urbane – Rs 1.15 lakh

Chetak Premium – Rs 1.20 lakh

The Urbane variant of the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter is offered in two colour options — Cyber White and Citrus Rush. The Premium variant has four paint choices — Velluto Rosso, Indigo Metallic, Hazel Nut and Brooklyn Black.

The Chetak electric scooter boasts of a steel body with flush-fitted panels. It gets features like LED headlamp with horseshoe-shaped LED DRL, front and rear LED turn signals, keyless ignition, reverse riding mode and regenerative braking system. It comes with a tubular single-sided front suspension. There are 12-inch alloy wheels finished in either Matte Black or Slate Grey and Satin Black. The Urbane variant has a drum brake at the front, while the Premium variant gets a disc brake.

The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter is equipped with a 4kW motor paired with an IP67-rated 3kWh (48V, 60.3 AH) lithium-ion battery. The motor delivers 16Nm of peak torque. The battery can be charged at any three-pin AC 220V, 5A wall socket. A 25 per cent charge can be achieved in an hour, 80 per cent in three-and-a-half hours and 100 per cent in five hours. You can ride the Chetak in either Eco mode or Sport mode. The claimed range for the electric scooter is 95km in Eco mode and 85km in Sport mode.

Bajaj Auto offers a standard warranty of three years or 50,000 kilometres (whichever is earlier) on the Chetak electric scooter and the lithium-ion battery. The service interval is of one year or 12,000 kilometres (whichever is earlier).

“We are absolutely delighted to see the fabulous response to the re-opening of bookings for the Chetak electric scooter in Pune and Bengaluru. Covid-led disruptions last year resulted in an unintended and long waiting period but despite that we have seen very few cancellations of bookings. We thank our customers in Pune and Bengaluru for their patience and now this overwhelming response,” Bajaj Auto Executive Director Rakesh Sharma said.

“We are conscious that customers would like to receive early deliveries of Chetak and start enjoying it as soon as possible, hence we have had to take the difficult decision of closing the bookings in view of continuing supply chain uncertainties. However, it is our endeavour to resolve the supply chain issues at the earliest, re-open bookings as well as roll into more cities within the next quarter,” he added.

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Automobile producer MG Hector to deliver 100 ambulances in Nagpur and Vadodara

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MG Motor India has delivered eight units of retrofitted Hector ambulances to Nagpur local authorities in the light of rising coronavirus cases. The custom-built ambulances are equipped with modern life-saving systems.

The eight units delivered are out of 100 such vehicles requested from MG Motor India for Nagpur and Vidarbha regions by Union minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. MG says that it accepted the minister’s request and immediately delivered eight units of the ambulance to Nagpur local authorities. “The minister has called for our support at this critical time. We have immediately deposited 8 of the 100 requested Hector Ambulance units, “MG Motor India President and MD Rajeev Chaba said.

The retrofitted ambulances have been custom-built by the company’s engineers at its Halol plant located in Gujarat. All the SUV ambulances have been equipped with the required medical additions such as a medicine cabinet, ventilator, an oxygen supply system, 5 parameter monitor, auto-loading stretcher, an inverter with battery additional sockets, a siren, a lightbar, and a fire extinguisher.

In March this year, the company had donated five units of retrofitted Hector ambulances to Nagpur’s Nangia Specialty Hospital. For this, the carmaker has collaborated with the MG Nagpur dealership. Before this, the company had also donated these ambulances to hospitals in Vadodara and Halol in Gujarat. Speaking about this in March, Chaba had said, “We have received positive feedback about the Hector Ambulance from GMERS in Vadodara and CHC Hospital in Halol, wherein they have added tangible value to the region’s fight against the pandemic.”

Various automakers have stepped up to help the country reeling under the crisis of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Hero MotoCorp, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ford India, Bajaj Auto, TVS Motor and Skoda Auto India, among others, have helped procure essential medical supplies, set up Covid beds and made relief donations.

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