Apart from total Chetak sales so far, the brand is sitting at a booking lot of 16,000 units. The new plant will produce all upcoming EV models now…
On the 84th birth anniversary of Late Mr. Rahul Bajaj (June 10, 2022), Chetak Technology, Electric subsidiary of Bajaj Auto, inaugurated their new EV manufacturing plant at Akurdi in Pune. This place is sacred for the company as this is the same location where the original petrol-powered ‘Chetak’ scooter was produced during its glorious years.
It was back in October 2019 that Bajaj resurrected the ‘Chetak’ name for the new world and gave India and Indians their very own Chetak, in Electric avatar.
Since then, Bajaj proudly shared that they have sold nearly 14,000 Chetak electric scooters. After the unveiling, deliveries of Chetak commenced around March-April 2020 and that makes it about 26 months of the product in the market. This means that Chetak averaged about 550 units a month.
Bajaj elaborates that it has over 16,000 bookings still waiting to be fulfilled. With the new plant at Akurdi operational, the company is planning to manufacture 5,00,000 electric two-wheelers every year.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajiv Bajaj (Chairman, Chetak Technology), said –
“Chetak is the original ‘Make in India’ superstar, which won hearts worldwide. True to those designed-and-built-in-India roots, the electric avatar of Chetak is born out of our strong R&D, deep understanding of products & consumers, and decades of manufacturing expertise. Today on the 84th birthday of Bajaj Auto’s late Chairman Emeritus Shri Rahul Bajaj, we have delivered on our commitment to commission this centre of excellence for Chetak by June 2022. This focused, integrated and agile facility is intended to power the Chetak’s ride back to the future.”
Furthermore, Chetak Technology shared that they and their partners will be investing nearly Rs 750 crores in this newly established EV manufacturing plant in the coming years.
The new EV manufacturing plant is spread over half a million square feet (5,00,000 sq.ft.) and is expected to generate employment for nearly 11,000 people. With its own R&D centre located within the premises, the Akurdi facility is aiming to ‘transform into a major hub for the design, development, and manufacturing of Electric Vehicles’.