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Italian Manufacturer Tacita Introduces Electric Cruiser
Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer Tacita has launched an all-electric cruiser with a massive battery for longer range. The bike, called the T-cruiser, is claimed to run for 270 km on a single charge. The Tacita T-Cruiser is available in three power versions - 7.5 kWh, 15 kWh and the top-of-the-range 27 kWh. According to reports, a new, sportier version of the T-Cruiser is also expected soon, and could likely make its debut at the EICMA show in Italy in November.
The batteries in the T-Cruiser are from Lithium Polymer, and not Lithium Ion and have a five-year guarantee. The Li-Po batteries have a slight advantage in energy density, but also cost more than Li-Ion batteries. For the largest T-Cruiser model, the Li-Po batteries are said to have a life of 5,40,000 km. 
The Tacita T-Cruiser has typical cruiser design, with a long, low chassis, raised bars and a single, round headlight. The design of the bike isn't exactly beautiful, but there are bound to be some takers for these bikes, till the time Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycle program reaches production status. The other unique thing about the T-Cruiser is the five-speed gearbox with a hydraulic clutch, which includes a reverse gear.