Tork TX6 was launched in 1.10.2016 at a low street price (end user price) – only 1.25Lakh (1880USD). It received over 1000 bookings in first 24hours. The company was founded in 2009 by Kapil Shelke, the firm has proved itself on international circuits, by finishing third at the prestigious Mecca of Electric Racing, The Isle of Man TT, and has also won the world’s premier electric motor-sport race series, TTXGP. The company has setup a production plant with an installed capacity of 50,000 units/year at Chakan near Pune. India’s first smart electric scooter Ather, had similar funding problems. They ran short of funds in 2014 only to receive $1 million from Flipkart founders – Sachin and Binny Bansal – by December 2014. In May 2015, the electric scooter also scooped up a $12 million round from Tiger Global. However, according to Tarun Mehta, Co-founder of Ather, investors weren’t willing to take a risk on the idea of building a smart Indian electric scooter. Funding is the biggest big barrier for any new player in the EV industry.
The early prototypes relied on modified production motorcycle chassis namely Yamaha FZ. ”Testing T4X I found myself working the throttle backwards (!) compared to a normal motorcycle. Where I would usually roll on more and more gas to increase acceleration, the T4X seemed to feel more controllable if I rolled on the gas hard at start and then gently roll the throttle down to modulate power delivery.”
Like honey on strawberries, Tork has poured some sweet tech on this appealing package, starting with its ominous-sounding TIROS (Tork Intuitive Response Operating System). Kept fresh with over-the-air updates, it learns how you ride, analyzes performance and spits out data via a 4.3-inch touch screen on the minimalist dash. It also allows for cloud connectivity and lets you play with the bike’s performance parameters through an app. As with most modern cars, it features navigation and a place to plug in your phone. What makes this machine so remarkable, though, is its price. Pre-orders are being accepted on for 124,999 Indian Rupees – $1,882 at today’s rates, orders are being initially accepted from the cities of Pune, Bangalore and Delhi.