Italian Electric Motorcycle Maker Launches Their First Cruiser



Tacita, makers of electric adventure bikes, now offer an all electric cruiser. No, really. They aren't actually the first manufacturer to offer such a thing, but initial product descriptions sounds decent, especially in the all important range specs. Question is, does anybody want one? They've made real efforts to keep the aesthetics faithful to the cruiser style, but of course that will not mean anything to "real" bikers. But with the cruiser market so well represented by wanna-be tough guys who know nothing about bikes... maybe they're onto something.

Worth noting that like other electric bikes, you pay for range, and the full range model comes in at a pricey $25g,
suggesting that the batteries are most of the cost of the bike.

Tacita says:

Tacita® is delighted to announce the launch of the T-Cruise, in a world premiere at the AIMExpo 2017 to be held at Columbus, Ohio from the 21st to the 24th of September.

Equipped with Tacita’s state-of-the-art technology, the new T-Cruise comes with the 27 kwh battery to cover 168 miles and is set to become a milestone in the electric mobility. Finally an electric cruiser comparable to a gasoline motorcycle is available.

The T-Cruise is the first Cruiser designed and engineered by Tacita®, studied specifically for the needs of the motorcycle enthusiast who loves to ride a Cruiser and enjoys the thrill of acceleration and the emotion of gear shifting.

Pierpaolo Rigo, co-founder of Tacita®: “We are really delighted to launch the new line of the T-Cruise on the American market. With Tacita® T-Cruise, an electric bike is finally comparable with a gasoline motorcycle. Thanks to the 27 kwh battery, you can cover 168 miles, the average range a motorcyclist is used to cover. Thanks to the on board and fast charger (up to 40 min. to 80%), charging a battery becomes a pleasure and can be done anywhere. The T-Cruise will change the way Americans feel about electric motorcycles. With the T-Cruise you can ride the change and go green with the pleasure of performance and autonomy”.


Finally gas vs electric road-equality is here.
The all-new pure electric T-Cruise Motorcycle is the first Cruiser designed and engineered by Tacita®, headquartered in Torino, Italy. Built from the DNA of the state of art Tacita® T-Race –first ever electric motorcycle to race in the Africa Merzouga Rally in 2012 – the T-Cruise® has been designed for all motorcycle enthusiasts.

Main Technical data
RANGE - The range you are used to, now in electric. Uncompromised.
27 kwh battery
Range: 168 miles - 270 km (estimated UE 134/2014)
Fast charge: 80% in 40 minutes

Home charging: 100% in 7 hours with 240V outlet 16 A .

POWERTRAIN - Powerful. Very.
Engine: Electric asyncronous three-phase induction motor
Double Mapping: Eco and Sport
Cooling System: Liquid-type, with circuits for motor and controller
Max power: 30 kW
Max rpm: 8000
Max torque: 70 Nm
The torque curve of Tacita® T-Cruise provides a unique riding experience only found in electric motorcycles. Enjoy instant 70 NM of torque without overheating the system thanks to its Liquid Cooling feature, unique in the industry.

REVERSE Backwards? We have you covered.
T-Cruise is equipped with reverse, backing up couldn’t be easier.

CHARGING Charge anywhere
T-Cruise is equipped with built on board charger and fast charger, that allows you to use level 1, 2 and 3 electric car chargers across America just by plugging in.
*For information on where to find chargers in the U.S. visit www.chargehub.com

SUSPENSION
• Adjustable Rear Shocks.
The Tacita T-Cruise comes with Twin shock absorbers with preload setting and 65 mm travel.
Optional: rear shocks with adjustable pressurized Nitrogen gas (40 mm Ergal reservoir) engineered to improve control and comfort in all riding conditions.
• Hydraulic telescopic 41 mm Front Forks.

TYRES
Front: Metzeler Marathon 120/80-17
Rear: Metzeler Marathon 140/80-15
Soft compound for high grip allowing to exploit great torque output from the electric engine with total control, with the benefit of tread pattern design that offsets the central groove’s alignment, providing very high mileage for never-ending fun riding.

TRANSMISSION GEARBOX Gearshifting done Smart.
In order to have the best gear ratio for every situation and at the same time reduce the overheating of the engine and the consumption of electricity, Tacita® has created a unique transmission gearbox that thanks to the lower ratios, allows the torque to increase, causing the inrush currents to decrease. The carefully developed longer gears will make the most out of the engine’s maximum peak, removing every compromise and keeping efficiency at maximum levels.
Starting in 1st gear is not mandatory on a Tacita® T-Cruise, starting on a higher gear is possible if the situation requires (for example reducing uphill skidding in the event of a steep climb). Speed gears are very useful downhill as well, allowing the bike to slow down while minimizing the use of brakes and preventing overheating. Gearshifting on a Tacita® T-Cruise is done smart. bike.
Transmission: 5-speed gearbox with hydraulic clutch.
Final transmission: Belt Drive or Chain.

CLUTCH Ready when you need it.
In a Tacita® T-Cruise the use of the clutch at the start and at the stop is optional. The clutch is used to reduce the torque when necessary, as well as to change gears. When the electrical system is on and the accelerator is released, the electric motor does not rotate (unlike the internal combustion engine) so the bike is static, which is why it is not necessary to pull the clutch when you stop. The clutch will be ready when you need it.

BRAKES Choose your brakes.
The T-Cruise is equipped with combined brake system (CBS) for safety and a superior braking experience. With the push of a button you can activate the regenerative engine braking that allows recharging the battery when decelerating.
Front brake: 280 mm with Brembo master cylinder
Rear brake: 240 mm disc

ERGONOMICS
Fit for everyone’s tastes.
Fitted with 3-positioned adjustable footpegs, the Tacita® T-Cruise offers the best in class riding position in the Cruiser segment. Stretched legs, straight up, you choose.

PRICING
Priced for Everyone. Choose yours.
T-Cruise is offered with 3 different battery packs, depending on your range needs, you may choose the entry level with 7,5 kWh for $10,999, 15 kWh for $14,999 and 27 kWh for $24,999 MSRP.

SAFETY Safety first, all the way.
120 Volt.
We chose to run at 120 Volt. Why?
On the electric motorcycle, batteries deliver current that goes to the controller and is converted into alternating current. According to the technical standard IEC 60479-1, the voltage that is considered to be dangerous is more than 120 V. In order not exceed this safety limitation, Tacita® engineers decided that the total voltage of batteries needed to be less than 120 V (Regulation ECE No.100). Tacita® thinks safety first, all the way.

SEAT
Handmade in Italy, with eco leather for external nautical use and double foam with memory, provides a unique seating experience while preserving the environment.

STORAGE
Optional rear bags in Italian eco-leather with 28 available colors, standard black

BATTERY
Type: LiPo lytium polymer battery
Battery Life: over 2000 cycles for an estimated 335,000 miles (540,000 kms) on Long Range model.
Battery Warranty: 5 years

27 kWh battery
Range: 168 miles - 270 km estimated as per UE 134/2014 standard + Reserve Power
100% Charging Time Level 1 (110 volts): 14 hours with 16 A outlet *
100% Charging Time Level 2 (220 volts): 7 hours with 16 A outlet *
80% Charging Time Level 3 (400 volts) Fast Charger: up to 40 min. 31 additional miles every 10 min
*Onboard standard 3 kW charger, recommended at night
Optional fast charge

15 kWh battery
Range: 93 miles - 149 km estimated as per UE 134/2014 standard + reserve power
100% Charging Time Level 1 (110 volts): 8 hours with 16 Amp outlet, recommended at night
100% Charging Time Level 2 (220 volts): 4 hours with 16 Amp outlet, recommended at night
80% Charging Time Level 3 (400 volts) Fast Charger: up to 40 min., 18 additional miles every 10 min
*Onboard standard 3 kW charger, recommended at night
Optional fast charge

7,5 kWh battery
Range: 50 miles - 81 km estimated as per UE 134/2014 standard + Reserve Power
100% Charging Time Level 1 (110 volts): 4 hours 16 A outlet
100% Charging Time Level 2 (220 volts): 1 hour 50 min with 16 A outlet
80% Charging Time Level 3 (400 volts) Fast Charger: 40 min, 9 additional miles every 10 min
*On board standard 3 kW charger, recommended at night
Optional fast charge

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