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Orxa Mantis Electric Bike Breaks Cover at India Bike Week, Launch in 2020

Orxa Mantis Electric Bike Breaks Cover at India Bike Week, Launch in 2020

Snapshot: Orxa Energies has unveiled its first product, the Mantis electric bike at the 2019 India Bike Week. This Mantis will go on sale in 2020.

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  • Orxa Energies is a Bengaluru-based startup.

  • The first product is the Mantis, an all-electric motorcycle.

  • Features a swappable battery pack.

  • Claimed top speed of 140 kph and range of 200 km.

  • A full charge can be achieved in less than 4 hours.

  • It will go on sale in 2020.

Orxa Energies, a Bengaluru based startup that was founded in 2015, unveiled its first product, the Mantis, at the 2019 edition of the India Bike Week. The Mantis is an all-electric motorcycle that uses a unique proposition, that of battery swapping, to help reduce one of the pain points of electric vehicle ownership, charging time.

The Mantis is a little different from standard electric vehicles in the sense that it follows the battery swapping model. It has six lithium-ion battery packs that total capacity of 9 kW. These batteries have been developed in house and are even supplied to a few companies in India. They can be charged fully in under four hours, and have a claimed range of 200 km.

Orxa Mantis Electric Bike Revealed at India Bike Week

However, Orxa is in the process of setting up battery swapping stations, where the owner/rider can simply swap out an empty battery pack for a fully charged one, for a fee, thus eliminating the need for charge time. The company claims that it will attain a top speed of 140 kph. The Mantis will also have fully digital instrumentation that will display all the information needed, and a mobile phone-based app will provide a wealth of information about the vehicle. 

The Mantis as seen in these images is still at a prototype stage, but the manufacturer says that the production version will not look much different from this. It seems to have borrowed a number of parts like the chassis, brakes and telescopic front forks from an Indian-made motorcycle, which is no bad thing; it will ensure reliability. Orxa hopes to price the Mantis at around the Rs 3 lakh mark. It will launch the Mantis at some point during 2020. 

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