Okinawa and TACITA will produce high-end electric scooters and motorcycles
Indian electric two-wheeler manufacturer, Okinawa Autotech and Italian e-2W manufacturer, TACITA have signed a joint venture to form a new company to produce electric scooters and motorcycles in India. The new company will be based in India and production will start from 2023. Under the joint venture, Okinawa will ensure the local development of future products, as well as its production line and will further market these electric two-wheelers, TACITA will supply the powertrains, controller, motor and battery packs.
The range of premium electric scooters and motorcycles will be launched in 2023 and will retail in domestic and international markets. Connectivity systems for electric scooters and electric motorcycles will be provided by Okinawa Technology. The products will be designed and developed at TACITA headquarters and later road tests will be carried out on Italian and Indian roads. A test ride will also take place from the Okinawa headquarters in India to the TACITA headquarters in Italy. This will test the two-wheelers in several difficult conditions and their reliability over long distances. This route will run from the end of 2022 to the first half of 2023.
Speaking at the joint venture, Mr. Jeetender Sharma, MD and Founder, Okinawa Autotech. He highlighted how there has been a “constant and conscious change in consumer preferences” and a “growing demand for high-end, high-performance electric motorcycles in India”. With TACITA’s “advanced and futuristic technology”, they will help us create a market that matches the demand for futuristic technologies and products.
TACITA was established in 2009 and offers recreational and competitive off-road electric motorcycles. They design their own powertrains, controllers, motors, batteries and battery management systems. The electric scooters and motorcycles it will produce under the joint venture will go into production in India at Okinawa Autotech’s second plant in Rajasthan. The Italian company recently competed in the African Merzouga Rally competition with its Tacita T-Race Rally bike. They also took part in the Qiddya Grand Prix, an official stage of the Dakar Rally, and in the ICE Trophy.