TVS iQube Electric vs Bajaj Chetak Electric: Photo Comparison Gallery
The first modern connected electric scooters from two mainstream brands decoded in images
After Ather Energy revolutionised the electric scooter segment with its Ather 450, Bajaj jumped onto the bandwagon with the Chetak electric scooter. Soon after, TVS joined the party with the iQube Electric scooter . The Chetak and the iQube Electric are the only two EVs from mainstream manufacturers as of now. Here's a comparison in detailed images:
The TVS iQube pretty much lives up to its name, thanks to the slightly boxy styling. On the other hand, the Bajaj Chetak electric looks quite curvy and is essentially made to look like a modern iteration of its legendary forefather.
The two scooters get an all-LED lighting system. The Chetak offers the convenience of illuminating wherever you point the handlebar whereas the iQube gets an apron-mounted headlamp.
The instrument cluster in the iQube is definitely a lot more futuristic as it is a proper TFT screen instead of the LCD unit in the Chetak electric. It comes with navigation assistance, geo-fencing, park assist, range indication, incoming call alerts, charge status, ride statistics, and overspeed alert. On the other hand, the Chetak Electric comes with IoT connectivity, reverse assist and keyless operation.
The fit and finish of the iQube Electric's switchgear is decent but isn't on par with the properly premium soft-touch buttons on the Chetak electric.
The TVS iQube Electric gets a split lithium-ion battery pack setup with one in the floorboard and the other two ahead of the underseat compartment. The iQube electric comes with a claimed range of 75km per charge whereas the Chetak offers a 95km range in Eco mode.
The iQube Electric comes with a hub motor whereas the Chetak features a traditional swingarm-mounted motor, both from Bosch. The iQube Electric's heart is a 3kW motor whereas the Chetak gets a 3.8kW (both continuous power output) unit.
The TVS iQube Electric employs a conventional telescopic front fork with 12-inch alloy wheel whereas the Chetak gets a nostalgic trailing link setup up front. Despite looking outdated, it performs nearly as good as a traditional telescopic fork.
The TVS iQube employs twin shock absorber setup at the rear whereas the Chetak gets a monoshock mounted on a single-sided swingarm. This makes the scooter look a lot more elegant.
Both the scooters get a disc brake up front and a drum unit at the rear. We'd have liked it if the two manufacturers offered a rear disc at least as an option.
The TVS iQube Electric's rear view mirror is way too boxy-looking for our taste. Sure it is functional but it just sticks out like a sore thumb. On the other hand, the Chetak gets well-designed triangular units with the brand logo.
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P Published by Praveen M.