Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto, the homegrown two-wheeler maker of iconic merchandise like Chetak and Pulsar is understood for his daring statements. Whereas Rajiv Bajaj has talked about it repeatedly, he has taken one other dig on the rising electrical automobile startups in India, extra significantly the electrical scooter makers. Rajiv Bajaj, on Friday took a dig on the mushrooming progress of the EV startups and sequence of fireplace incidents in some electrical automobiles. He questioned their underlying course of of producing on the inauguration of Bajaj Auto’s wholly-owned subsidiary Chetak Expertise Ltd’s devoted electrical automobile manufacturing facility at Akurdi.
Rajiv Bajaj mentioned that the individuals who haven’t any enterprise to be within the business of EVs are attempting to be on this area. “The problem is just not the fireplace itself. This (such incidents) occurred within the automobiles with inside combustion engines as nicely. The problem is the underlying strategy of the manufacturing,” he mentioned. He additional famous that “what issues me extra is the atmosphere that has promoted this mad complete rush. Why are individuals who haven’t any enterprise to be within the enterprise of EVs making an attempt to get into the enterprise? This should be mounted. Perhaps, if I can say so, the related authorities within the authorities have diluted norms for EVs.”
“Underneath the guise of low-speed automobiles you’ll be able to deliver any chunk of automobiles from wherever and put it on the highway. You’ll not have these scooters catching hearth? What do you count on,” he requested. Stating that the corporate has stored its dedication of commissioning this venture by June, Bajaj mentioned, this targeted, built-in and agile facility is meant to energy the Chetak’s experience again to the longer term.
“Chetak is the unique ‘Make in India’ celebrity, which gained hearts worldwide. True to these designed-and-built-in-India roots, the electrical avatar of Chetak is born out of our sturdy R&D, deep understanding of merchandise and shoppers, and many years of producing experience,” Bajaj mentioned. Chetak Expertise Ltd (CTL) and its vendor companions will likely be investing practically Rs 750 crore on this new EV manufacturing facility. Unfold in 6.5-acre land, the 5-lakh annual capability two-wheeler manufacturing plant is aimed toward catering to each home and export markets, the corporate mentioned.
Bajaj had introduced again its iconic Chetak scooter in electrical avatar in October 2019. The corporate mentioned it has bought over 14,000 Chetak e-scooters since its launch and has acquired greater than 16,000 bookings. Co-located with a state-of-the-art R&D centre, the corporate’s Akurdi facility goals at reworking into a significant hub for the design, growth, and manufacturing of EVs.