Indian Innovation

Ready To Rev In Electric Mode

Why Ather Energy’s electric scooter will give its petrol variants a run for their money  

PHOTOGRAPHS RA CHANDROO

Tork Motorcycles might be camouflaged among the bigger units dotting the bylanes of the MIDC industrial cluster in Bhosari near Pune, but there’s no hiding the T6X — on course to become India’s first bike that runs on a 20-kg plus lithium-ion battery pack and deliver speeds upwards of 75 kmph. “Instead of being built ground-up, electric two wheelers in the country so far are just remakes of existing two-wheeler frames, patched with an electric motor,” says founder Kapil Shelke, who is trying to change this with the rugged, powerful beast. While its predecessor T4X could clock 0 to 100 kmph in less than nine seconds, Shelke is mum on the details of its sixth prototype. “It won’t be a letdown, but I can’t reveal much before the final tests,” he adds.