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Tacita set to unveil the T-Cruise electric motorcycle

The T-Cruise is the sixth model in Tacita 's lineup and the first to veer from the off-road theme
The T-Cruise is the sixth model in Tacita 's lineup and the first to veer from the off-road theme
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The T-Cruise is the sixth model in Tacita 's lineup and the first to veer from the off-road theme
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The T-Cruise is the sixth model in Tacita 's lineup and the first to veer from the off-road theme
Until now Tacita has on offer five versions of the T-Race: Motocross, Enduro, Rally, Motard and Diabolika (from left to right)
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Until now Tacita has on offer five versions of the T-Race: Motocross, Enduro, Rally, Motard and Diabolika (from left to right)
Tacita eyes an expansion to the US market with the T-Cruise and its unveiling on an American show
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Tacita eyes an expansion to the US market with the T-Cruise and its unveiling on an American show

Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer Tacita has announced its plans to expand its lineup with a new model. Scheduled for official introduction at the upcoming AIMExpo 2017, the T-Cruise deviates from the off-road variants that make up Tacita's current fleet, aiming squarely at the American market.

Based in Turin, Italy, Tacita was founded in 2009 and introduced its first electric motorcycle in 2013. Built around the company's own frame and motor, the T-Race evolved into five different production variants; Enduro, Motocross, Motard, Rally, and Diabolika. Recently, it also offered the base material for a very interesting custom model, the Aero E-Racer.

Among these, the Rally made the headlines in 2012 as the first electric motorcycle to compete in an African desert race, the Afriquia Merzouga Rally, that is part of the Dakar Series and sports Tacita among its technical sponsors.

The sixth model has just been announced, though it's designed to appeal to a very different audience; the upcoming T-Cruise is an electric cruiser that will be formally unveiled at the AIMExpo 2017 in Columbus, Ohio on September 21.

Tacita eyes an expansion to the US market with the T-Cruise and its unveiling on an American show
Tacita eyes an expansion to the US market with the T-Cruise and its unveiling on an American show

Although Tacita has in place a rather limited dealer network in the main European markets for electric motorcycles (Italy, Germany, Netherlands, England, and France), the choice of venture for the unveiling indicates that the Italians have set their sights on the American market, and the T-Cruise seems like a perfectly appropriate vehicle.

Tacita hasn't yet revealed any technical information on the new model, but chances are it will also be based on a reworked version of the steel frame it uses on all of its models, as well as the asynchronous three-phase induction motor with five-speed gearbox and two selectable engine mappings, Eco and Sport.

Tacita has only disclosed one bit of information in its Facebook page, suggesting that the T-Cruise will employ a 27 kWh Li-Po battery pack for an estimated range of 270 km (168 mi).

Apart from the only image of the T-Cruise that Tacita released today, take a look at the new electric cruiser in the following video.

Source: Tacita

Tacita® T-Cruise : the day intro (2nd teaser) HD

3 comments
swaan
27kWh is more than in a first gen Nissan Leaf! Where do they put it?!
Mzungu_Mkubwa
Okay, I'll say it, "It's about time!" Now, can we get Zero on the line? Is Victory listening? Can we finally see alternative styles that deviate from the long-legged, off-road-birthed supermotard look [gag]? How about a classy, slick cafe? Check into working up a hipster's bagger! Heck, I'd even be happy to see a few rad streetfighter/nakeds show up... C'mon, y'all. Let's embrace this electric revolution with some style! (BTW, where's my electric tilting recumbent reverse-trike commuter? Still waiting here! ☺)
ljaques
The batteries are stored in the deep hole they just sucked out of your back pocket/wallet, swaan. My guess is that they'll retail for >$75k.