Bajaj Chetak vs Ather 450x: features, range, price, and more compared

The Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450x are excellent electric scooters available in India.

The Bajaj Chetak electric scooter launched in India back in January 2020 and has tried hard to make its mark in the market by expanding its production and availability. The Chetak electric is an excellent package and offers a good range along with plenty of features. In this article, we’ll be comparing it with the Ather Energy 450x, another homegrown electric scooter company, which has been around longer than the Bajaj Chetak. We’re going to take a look at the price, features, design, range, and the order process for the two electric scooters to find out which one’s a better deal.

Bajaj Chetak vs Ather 450x price in India

Starting with the pricing, the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter in India starts at Rs 1,19,684 (ex-showroom) in Maharashtra but can be higher, depending on the state. Its price goes as high as Rs 1,63,943 (ex-showroom) in Gujarat, where it’s the most expensive. As of now, the Chetak electric scooter is available for purchase in around 20 cities in India.

Coming to the Ather 450x, this electric scooter is also the cheapest in Maharashtra, and is priced at Rs 1,28,321 (ex-showroom). Again, the prices will vary based on the state where you purchase. The scooter is the most expensive, at Rs 1,50,000 (ex-showroom), in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

Bajaj Chetak vs Ather 450x: design, specifications

Design

In terms of design, the Bajaj Chetak and the Ather 450x are miles apart. The Chetak takes cues from the original gas-powered scooter and features a retro-modern design with a steel body. It has a headlight design that’s reminiscent of the original chetak, but now features LED lights and a dynamic daytime running lamp. The scooter also gets scrolling LED blinkers, flush body panels, and 12-inch alloy wheels. You also get plenty of storage space at the front as well as under the seat. 

Meanwhile, the Ather 450x looks like it’s from the future with its sharp edges and modern styling. The Ather is slimmer and more compact when compared to the Chetak. It also gets LED headlights, taillights, and indicators with the auto-turn-off feature. The scooter features 12-inch alloy wheels and offers 22 litres of boot storage. 

Specifications and features

In the hardware department, the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter comes with a 4.08kW motor that delivers 16nm torque to push the scooter to a max speed of 70kmph. The battery supports quick charging and can be topped from 0 to 100 percent in about 5 hours. With 60 minutes of charging, the battery can be charged to 25 percent. Bajaj claims that the battery can last for up to 70,000km or 7 years of use.

The Chetak has 3 ride modes, which include Eco, Sports, and Reverse. The battery and all the electrical components are IP67 water- and dust-resistant. It features a digital console that shows speed, range, battery life, and supports Bluetooth connectivity with your smartphone. It comes with a remote key that can help you easily locate the scooter when in 30 meters of range.

On the other hand, the Ather 450x is a much more powerful scooter with a 6kW motor that produces 26Nm of torque. The claimed top speed of the 450x is 80kmph, but it can do higher speeds in real-life. The scooter can go from 0 to 40kmph in just 3.3 seconds. It gets four riding modes namely Warp, Sport, Ride, and Eco. The battery can be charged from 0 to 100 percent in 5 hours 45 minutes.

The digital dashboard uses a 7-inch TFT display that offers all kinds of information including music and call control when connected to your smartphone. It also has a tyre pressure monitoring system and welcome lights. The battery is also IP67 dust- and water-resistance rated, which means that the scooter is ready for all-weather use.

Bajaj Chetak vs Ather 450x: range

The Bajaj Chetak features a 60.3mAh battery, which is claimed to offer up to 90km range from a single charge. Of course, this is when the scooter is used in Eco mode, and the range will decrease with more spirited riding.

With the Ather 450x, you can get up to 85km of range from a single charge. Again, this range is when the scooter is operated in the Eco mode. The scooter features a 2.9kWh battery.

Bajaj Chetak vs Ather 450x: how to order? 

It’s quite a simple process to order and purchase the Bajaj Chetak or the Ather 450x. Both of these scooters can be either purchased online, or you can head over to a dealer near you. Bajaj recently expanded the availability of the Chetak electric scooter — which is available on the official site — in its offline stores, so it can now be purchased directly from a Bajaj showroom in 20 cities. Meanwhile, Ather doesn’t have such a vast network of offline showrooms as Bajaj, but it’s still present in most of the major cities in the country. You can also head over to the Ather website and book your scooter online, just like Bajaj.