Electric two-wheeler manufacturer Okinawa Autotech has partnered with Italian firm Tacita, a manufacturer of electric and performance motorcycles, to form a new company. The joint venture, which is based in India, will consist of both scooters and motorcycles – for domestic and international markets – and begin production from 2023 at Okinawa's second facility in Rajasthan.
The new products will be designed and developed in Italy, and the road tests will be carried out in both, India and Italy. Okinawa will provide the local development of the future products and its production line, while Tacita will provide the powertrain – controller, motor, battery packs and battery management system (BMS).
“Tacita will help us in creating a marketplace that matches the demand for futuristic technology and products,” said Jeetender Sharma, MD and founder, Okinawa Autotech. “Their advanced and futuristic technology will also further broaden and strengthen our existing product range.”
Tacita managing director Pierpaolo Rigo added, “We are happy to provide our expertise in the premium EV bike segment to launch a top-end line of bikes. Our team, along with Okinawa engineers, is dedicated to the R&D to introduce unique product propositions that define the future.”
Tacita currently retails only the T-Cruise cruiser motorcycle and the T-Race supermoto bike. The T-Cruise is available in two variants - Urban and Turismo - while the T-Race is offered in 4 versions - Motard, Enduro, Rally and Cross. Interestingly, while all motorcycles on the website do have a price, they appear to be available only for pre-orders as of now.