The Tork T6X is all set to make history by launching the first e-motorcycle made and sold entirely in India. Tork Motorcycles, a Pune-based family enterprise, claims that the T6X will power a travel of 100 kilometers on a single charge, which is much more than any existing electric two-wheeler on the Indian market. Moreover, the T6X is said to have a top speed of 95 kilometers/hour. The bike will be launched across several cities by this year.
The e-bike startup that was founded in 2009 is the brainchild of Kapil Shelke, a mechanical engineer from Pune University, who runs the company with his father. The company has received funding by a host of angel investors, including Ankit Bhati and Bhavesh Agrawal of Ola Cabs, and has already developed five prototypes of electric motorbikes. The company says that the T6X will be comparable to any of the existing 125 cc bikes in the market. Tork Motorcycles had earlier surprised people when in 2010, just one year after its founding, it won the first round of the TTXGP, one of the pioneers of zero carbon, clean emission racing in the world.
The company claims that they have sufficient funds to finish research and development works and begin production, owing to their investors. However, no financial details have been elaborated on by Shelke about the family’s investments or those by the company’s investors. At present, Tork Motorcycles is waiting for the ARAI clearance following which they will launch the TX6 commercially, which is expected to happen within the next two months. The company has already set up a manufacturing plant in Chakan, Pune with a considerably large production capacity. In terms of sales target, the company is aiming to sell 10,000 units in the first year.
One of the major worries regarding e-vehicles in India has to do with charging concerns while being on the move. According to Tork officials, the company aims to address this issue by setting up a number of charging stations in several key locations around the city ahead of its launch. Two such stations have already been set up in Pune and Lonavala, with the company aiming to target at least 100 charging stations in the first stage of expansion. To begin with, Tork plans to launch the bike in Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.
Tork Motorcycles claims the T6X will be built almost entirely with components sourced from within India. The Li-ion battery, which is said to be the only imported part of the vehicle, can reach 80 percent charge in one hour when plugged into a 15A source. A full charge can be reached in two hours. The T6X will also feature a regenerative braking system which will charge the battery whenever the brake is used. The bike will use CEAT tires made exclusively for the T6X. Moreover, the bike will offer a host of impressive modern features like onboard navigation, cloud connectivity, and a fully digital display. The bike light is stable it work on battery of bike.