Bajaj Auto recently inaugurated a new production plant in Akurdi Pune, Maharashtra. It will only produce electric vehicles such as Chetak. During the inauguration, Rajiv Bajaj said that people who have no business in electric vehicles are trying to be in space. He also said electric vehicle fires are not a problem, the problem is in the manufacturing process.
Rajiv Bajaj, President of Bajaj Auto said: “The problem is not the fire itself. This (such incidents) has also happened in vehicles with internal combustion engines. The problem is the underlying manufacturing process. What worries me the most is the environment that has fostered all this mad rush. Why are people who have no business in electric vehicles trying to get into the business? This needs to be corrected. Perhaps, if I may say so, the relevant government authorities have watered down the standards for electric vehicles. »
He added: This (electric vehicles are flooding the market) may also be partly due to incentives. Under cover of low-speed vehicles, you can bring any piece of vehicles from anywhere and put it on the road. You won’t have those scooters that catch fire? What are you waiting for?”
The comment was made about the recent electrical fires we have seen over the past few months. Electric vehicles in India catch fire for various reasons. The government has also launched an investigation to find out the reasons behind this. The probe said the main problem was faulty battery cells. The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has sent a notice to Pure EV and Boom Motors. Additionally, the government is expected to develop new quality-focused guidelines for electric vehicles. So far, electric scooters from Ather, TVS and Bajaj have not caught any fires. Ather CEO Tarun Mehta said many EV batteries are not designed for Indian conditions.
New manufacturing plant
Bajaj also unveiled Chetak Technology Ltd. CTL and its supplier partners will invest around Rs. 750 Crores in the new electric vehicle manufacturing facility which spans 6.5 acres and has a manufacturing capacity of 5 lakh units per year.
Rajiv Bajaj, Chairman of Chetak Technology Ltd., during the launch of production at the new factory, said, “Chetak is the original ‘Make in India’ superstar, who has captured the hearts of the world. True to these Indian designed and built roots, the Chetak Electric Avatar was born from our strong R&D, deep product and consumer understanding and decades of manufacturing expertise. He added, “Today, on the 84th birthday of the late Chairman Emeritus of Bajaj Auto, Shri Rahul Bajaj, we delivered on our commitment to commission this Center of Excellence for Chetak by June 2022. This focused, integrated, and agile facility is intended to power the Chetak Return to the Future.
Bajaj currently only has the Chetak electric scooter in its range. It is sold in two variants. There is Urbane which is priced at Rs. 1 lakh and then there is Premium which costs Rs. 1.15,000,000. metallic color options.