Ather vs Tork, or scooter vs motorcycle

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India will soon have two new modern vehicles compete in the market for urban electric two-wheelers.

Ather and Tork have a lot in common: both are well-financed Indian startups headed by young entrepreneurs. We introduced the Ather S340 a few months ago:

http://cleanrider.com/gogoro-ather-and-niu-a-new-generation-of-asian-electric-smart-scooters/

The Tork T6X has a 62 mph (100 km/h) top speed thanks to a 6 kW (peak power) motor with 27Nm of torque. Range is given at 62-miles (100 km). The Ather S340 is a little less powerful, its 3 kW motor allowing for a top speed of 47 mph (75 km/h), and a range of 31 to 62 miles (50 to 100 km). Of course, this difference is also reflected in the Indian price, with the Tork at around $1,880 and the Ather at around $1,400.

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Both will qualify for subsidies, under the Indian FAME program (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of EV). 20,000 electric two-wheelers were sold last year in India, and the government is actively trying to promote electric vehicles.

The products of both manufacturers should be available in the beginning of 2017, and, as a first step, only in Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. The electric infrastructure being a challenge in India, Tork and Ather are also working on developing a charging infrastructure. Both manufacturers have plans to quickly sell 10,000 units per year.

It will be interesting to see which of the two vehicles, the scooter or the motorcycle, will be more successful. Either way, it will be a success for electric mobility!

 

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