Indian electric two-wheeler manufacturer, Okinawa Autotech, has announced the opening of its first research and development center in Italy in partnership with joint venture partner Tacita. The center, which will be headed by Tacita Co-Founder Pierpaolo Rigo, will have a total investment of 25 million euros over the next three years. The R&D center will focus on developing new products, improving existing ones, and creating a new e-powertrain for future products. The center will employ 50 specialists from India and around the world, and will have an employee exchange program with Tacita to enhance employee skills. The first product to be designed at the center will be an electric cruiser motorcycle set to be unveiled in India in the coming months.
Jeetender Sharma, MD & Founder, of Okinawa Autotech said, “As a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles in India, the company is focused on strengthening the EV ecosystem. The company has invested Rupees Five Billion along with our key stakeholders towards the development of new products, manufacturing facilities, network expansion and brand building over the last five years. Setting up the global R&D centre showcases our ambition to bring the best technologies from the entire world to our Indian customers. The centre will be working on developing futuristic technologies for next-gen electric vehicles. We appreciate the support received from our partner Tacita in developing our first high-speed electric cruiser motorcycle for the Indian and global market. We are excited to bring this product to India to help us further strengthen our presence in electric two-wheeler industry.”