Okinawa and Tacita have signed an agreement to establish a new EV company which will be based in India and start production from 2023. For those asking, Okinawa is one of the leading Indian electric two-wheeler brands while Tacita is an Italy-based manufacturer of electric and performance motorcycles. In this joint venture, Okinawa will provide the local development of the future product & its production line. On the other hand, Tacita will be responsible for supplying the powertrain – controller, motor, battery packs and BMS.
The new EV brand born from the collaboration of these companies will sell electric scooters and motorcycles in India. Both lines are meant for the domestic & international markets. The year 2023 range will include a scooter & a high-end performance motorcycle. The entire range will be equipped with the best connectivity systems on the market having Okinawa technology. The next steps of the newborn company will be during 2022 going up to the first half of 2023 for the design, development, patenting and finally the tests on the road. The design will be developed in Italy at the TACITA headquarters with Okinawa professional technicians & Italian team for the development of the powertrain, battery packs and BMS. Road tests will be carried out both in India & Italy in all weather conditions.
Addressing his vision for the JV, Jeetender Sharma, MD & Founder, Okinawa Autotech, commented, “Tacita’s mission is aligned with ours towards creating a sustainable future. We envisage the collaboration to create a synergy effect that will accelerate our commitment to electric mobility. There is a steady and conscious shift in consumer preferences and we have witnessed a growing demand for premium and performance electric motorcycles in India. Tacita will help us in creating a marketplace that matches the demand for futuristic technology and products. Their advanced & futuristic technology will also further broaden and strengthen our existing product range.”
The electric bikes and scooters under Okinawa-Tacita partnership would go into production early next year at the second facility of Okinawa in Rajasthan. Speaking on the partnership, Pierpaolo Rigo, Managing Director, Tacita, mentioned, “We are delighted to partner with a leading e-scooter manufacturer in India. The leadership team of Okinawa Autotech has a rich on-ground experience and knowledge about the market, competition, and customer behaviour. 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 R&D to introduce unique product propositions that define the future.”
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