Bajaj Sunny Ready To Return as an EV
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- Bajaj plans to bring back the Sunny scooter, this time as an Electric Vehicle (EV).
- The Sunny EV is positioned as an affordable choice compared to the Chetak.
In recent developments, captured test photos reveal Bajaj’s intention to reintroduce the Sunny scooter, this time as an Electric Vehicle (EV). Positioned as a more budget-friendly option compared to the Chetak, the Sunny EV features a straightforward hub-mounted motor and is expected to be built upon Bajaj’s in-house-developed Yulu platform.
The original Sunny, a cheerful two-stroke scooter from the mid-1990s, appears to be making a comeback with a design reminiscent of its predecessor. This design includes a rounded headlamp, a spacious front fender, a slim floorboard, and a boxy tail lamp. In terms of size and charm, the new iteration closely mirrors the original Sunny, retaining elements such as the three-spoke wheels, trailing arm front suspension, drum brakes, and rear grab handle/carrier. Notable differences include the absence of a right-side exhaust pipe and the elimination of a spare tire on the floorboard. Instead, a sizeable battery pack is visible, although it may be exclusive to early testing phases.
The original Sunny was propelled by a 60cc two-stroke engine, offering modest performance. The upcoming electric Sunny is expected to deliver comparable performance but with the added benefit of electric torque, which should enhance low-speed acceleration and load-carrying capability, accommodating passengers and additional cargo.
Sunny X Yulu
The presence of a hub motor and its smaller dimensions compared to the Chetak suggest that the new Sunny may share the Yulu platform, which is engineered and manufactured entirely by Bajaj. While Yulu vehicles are typically limited to a top speed of 25kph and do not necessitate a two-wheeler license, the Sunny EV exhibits brisk acceleration, reaching speeds of around 40-50kph. Details regarding the battery size remain undisclosed, but it is anticipated to be smaller than Chetak’s 2.9kWh unit, and there is a possibility of a removable battery option.
As for the official release date of the Sunny EV, no specific timeline has been provided. However, considering the evolving landscape of subsidies and the growing demand for affordable EVs tailored for short urban commutes, Bajaj aims to capitalise on the nostalgia associated with the Sunny name, just as they successfully did with the Chetak.