Pune-based startup Tork Motorcycles has successfully launched India’s first electric motorcycle, the T6X. The Tork T6X is the production version of the company’s fifth prototype and is aiming to revolutionize the vast Indian two wheeler market.
The Tork T6X is claimed to have top-speed of 100 kmph and a range of 100 km on a full charge. The company has set up six public charging stations so far (in Pune and Lonavala) but is hoping to have 100 charging stations in its target cities (Pune, Bangalore, Delhi) in its first phase of operations. Yes, only three cities will get the new Tork T6X motorcycle as of now. They are Pune, Bangalore and Delhi.
Second phase of operations will see the company venture into Hyderabad and Mumbai. Shilke said that the manufacturing facility at Chakan is almost complete. He also added that the company is adequately funded to commence production. The company aims to sell 5,000 to 10,000 units each year for the next three years.
The startup is partly funded by entrepreneur and mechanical engineer Kapil Shelke and his father. Rest of the funding comes from angel investors Ankit Bhati and Bhavesh Agrawal of Ola Cabs (from their personal funds). The financial details of the company have not been made public but Shelke stated that there is no foreign technology or investment. Save for the lithium battery pack, the components will be sourced within India.
The launch event took place in Bangalore earlier today, at the Tech Sparks 2016 event. This is the second such launch event in Bangalore, as the new Ather S340 electric scooter was also launched in the same city. Though, deliveries of none of the scooters have started as of now.
Built after extensive research and testing of 7 years, some of the noteworthy highlights of the new Tork T6X are full digital display, quick charge and superior acceleration, DRL, ABS, CBS, anti-theft, geo-sensing, Front and rear disc brakes, 17-inch tubeless tyres etc. Weighing 130 kgs, the battery delivers a peak torque of 27 Nm. The battery pack is IP67 certified water and dust resistant. You can find more details in the specs sheet in the gallery below.