The demand for electric vehicles in the Indian market is growing rapidly, especially as people are showing more interest in the two-wheeler segment. Last year, two giants Bajaj Auto and TVS Motors launched their first electric scooters, the Chetak and iCubes. Last January, TVS IQ beat its nearest rival Bajaj Chetak badly in terms of sales.
I can tell you, there was nothing special about the TVS iCube last year and the company sold only 290 units of this scooter in the last full year. Bajaj Chetak sold a total of 1,337 units in 2020 last year. There was a big gap in sales of these two scooters at the time.
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But in early January this year, TVS iCube did wonders. The company sold a total of 211 units of this scooter last month, more than Bajaj Chetak. Bajaj Auto sold just 30 units of its Chetak scooter last January. Although the company sold 9 more scooters compared to January last year, Bajaj sold a total of 21 units in 2020.
Here are the sales numbers, now let’s talk about these two scooters. Bajaj Chetak is available in two variants in total in the market including urban and premium variants. Its urban variants are priced at Rs 1 lakh and its premium variants at Rs 1.15 lakh. The company used a 3 kW battery pack and a 4.08 kW electric motor in this scooter. The company claims that this scooter offers a driving range of up to 95 km and takes up to 5 hours to fully charge.
The company used a 2.25 kW battery pack and a 4.4 kW electric motor in the TVS iCube. This scooter is available in just one variant, priced at Rs 1.15 lakh. The company claims that this scooter offers a driving range of up to 75 km on a single charge. This scooter takes about 5 hours to fully charge.