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Bajaj Chetak Vs Ather 450 | How do they actually compete

Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450 have been the top scooters when it comes to the electric scooter segment in India. More and more renowned brands are joining the EV segment day by day making India progress towards the electric vehicle economy slowly but surely. The industry is surely maturing day by day and so are the consumers. So if you're the one looking or thinking to buy an electric scooter and have ended up with these two contradicting at the top of your list then this article is surely for you. In this article let’s break down each and everything from the consumer’s point of view.

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Specifications:

          Before going for the in-depth comparison let's just have a look at the specifications offered by both of these scooters

·     Bajaj Chetak-
·                  Mileage: 95+ km/Charge
·                  Charging Time: 5 Hours
·                  Fuel Type: Electric
·                  Transmission: Automatic
·                  Engine Type: BLDC Motor
·                  Max speed: 75 km/h
·                  Battery: Lithium-ion
·                  Wheel Size: 12 inches (Front & Rear)

·     Ather 450-

·                  Mileage: 55-75 km/Charge

·                  Charging Time: 3 Hours

·                  Fuel Type: Electric

·                  Transmission: Automatic

·                  Engine Type: BLDC Motor

·                  Max speed: 80 km/h

·                  Battery: Lithium ion

·                  Wheel Size: 16 inch (Front & Rear)


Performance:
          Now that we’ve seen the specifications both the scooters seem to offer, let’s talk about the performance these scooters can offer.

·     Bajaj Chetak-

Starting with the Bajaj Chetak, it is run by a BLDC(Brushless DC) motor which can help it attain a maximum speed of 75 km/hr which is slightly less than its competitor. Now that we’ve talked about the top speed, let’s even discuss braking! Chetak comes with regenerative braking which basically means that the brakes are applied as soon as the accelerator is left idle. This is a great feature to have and is something that’s seen in electric cars as well. Chetak has 12-inch wheels both at front and rear which again gives a good performance. The performance of this scooter is top-notch which is something to be expected from a manufacturer like Bajaj.

·     Ather 450-


Now coming to Ather 450, it's powered by a BLDC motor as well and is restricted to a top speed of 80km/hr which is a little higher than Chetak. The scooter comes in two modes, the sports mode and the economy mode. The economy mode makes sure you get the maximum range whereas the sports mode is oriented towards maximum performance. It also comes with regenerative braking as Chetak. Ather comes with large 16-inch wheels which are again larger as compared to Bajaj Chetak.

Practicality and Mileage:
          We now know that both the scooters are neck and neck in performance, but that’s not the only thing people see while buying a scooter. Indian mindset always prioritises practicality over any other factor. Now let’s see how they actually compete when it comes to practicality and mileage.

·     Bajaj Chetak-

Bajaj Chetak seems to be designed thinking of practicality at every point. The scooter is quite comfortable for the rider as well as for the pillion. You surely won’t find yourself in a position regretting the ride quality. There’s a small storage space in the front for you to keep your belongings but to be honest, that’s not practical enough, and obviously, there’s no boot space below the seat as it needs the space for the battery powering the whole vehicle. Now coming to the mileage, Chetak can go about 95 Km/Charge which the highest any electric scooter can go so far. The scooter charged from zero to hundred in just 5hrs.

·     Ather 450-

This scooter seems to be as practical as Chetak just a few things up and down. The seats are comfortable though not as much as the competitor could be a little uncomfortable for the pillion. But it surely gives you better storage than Chetak. You can easily fit a small to medium-sized helmet without much of a fuss. The mileage offered by this scooter comes in a range of 55 to 75 Km/Charge depending on which mode you’re riding it in. Again the charging time is very less as this scooter can get ready to roll in merely 3hrs.

Design & Pricing:
          The design, overall build and pricing are again some factors to be taken under consideration while getting a scooter.

·     Bajaj Chetak-

The design of Bajaj Chetak dates back to the nineteen hundreds. Well not completely, to be precise it’s more likely a combination of the classic vintage design and modern practical design. I’m sure the ones who have seen the original Bajaj Chetak can relate to it. The build quality of the scooter is very elegant and premium but so is the price tag. The scooter has an ex-showroom price of 1.15L Indian Rupees.

·     Ather 450-


The design is completely sporty targeting today’s youth in India. This scooter is certainly the most advanced scooter when it comes to technology and connectivity. Ather 450 has an amazing and advanced touch-enabled TFT instrumentation console which is powered by a snapdragon 220 processor. Well, can you believe it? This scooter comes enabled with a full-fledged GPS Navigation System not like the ones which give turn-by-turn navigation seen in some scooters and bikes in India. It also has day and night modes for the display. This scooter is just packed with tons of features which is truly worth its ex-showroom price of 1.13L Indian Rupees

Conclusion:
          To wrap it up for this comparison, it would rather be safe to say that both the scooters are better than one another in one segment or other. To sum it up if you’re thinking about comfort, mileage, elegance basically a long run, then Bajaj Chetak is the one for you. But if you’re looking for something performance-oriented, sporty and a little advanced then you should surely go for Ather 450. Anyways feel free to share your opinions in the comments below!

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