When it comes to production and sales volumes alone, Bajaj Auto is one of the world’s largest two- and three-wheeler manufacturers. Despite India being their main market, the company has a global reach in multiple countries around the world. More specifically, Bajaj exports to more than 70 countries worldwide.
The new production facility of Chetak Technology in Akurdi was recently opened by Bajaj Auto. This production facility was built exclusively for the EV development and production of Bajaj’s subsidiary Chetak Technology. In an article published by Indian auto publication Rush Lane, Bajaj Auto executive director Rakesh Sharma revealed what the company is currently working on and what it plans to work on in the future.
According to Sharma, the manufacturer is focused on maintaining a synergy between its EV and IC motor vehicle portfolios. Sharma also highlighted Bajaj Auto’s doubts about not going all-in on electric vehicles just yet. The reason for this is that the transition from combustion engines to motorized mobility is not yet so rapid as to warrant a complete shift in strategy.
However, Bajaj Auto recognizes the importance of electric vehicles in areas such as India, where they are gaining popularity at an unprecedented rate. Bajaj chose to establish Chetak Technology as a subsidiary to provide full concentration and improvements to this fast-growing mobility sector. Bajaj hopes to make Chetak Technology a global hub for electric vehicle design, research and production.
An electric Bajaj Pulsar street bike could be in the works soon.
One of the most highly anticipated projects to emerge from Chetak Technology’s facilities is an electric version of the Pulsar motorcycle line. If built, this bike will most likely have the same chassis and body panels as its gas-powered brothers. We can also expect similar components in the Pulsar range, such as brakes and suspension. It will indeed be fascinating to see a manufacturer like Bajaj expand its EV line beyond electric scooters to include full-size motorcycles. This is sure to please the enthusiast market, which has long been craving sportier yet affordable options for electric motorcycles.
To make things even better, there’s a glimmer of hope that Bajaj’s electric two-wheelers will make their way beyond the Indian market. Chetak Technology is considering marketing Chetak EVs in other countries. Especially in ASEAN countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, where scooters make up more than 90 percent of the market. While Bajaj Auto is quite new in ASEAN countries, we can expect the company to enter this lucrative market with its electric vehicles after supply chains stabilize.