The launch of the first electric motorcycle in India today is a big deal: What to expect

Gujarat-based EV startup Matter is all set to launch its first electric motorcycle in India today. The motorcycle was unveiled in its near-production incarnation in late 2022, and it’s garnered quite a bit of attention. Designed in naked sportbike guise, the motorcycle is also expected to offer 5 kWh and 6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack options. The electric motorcycle will feature liquid cooling, disc brakes at both ends, single-channel ABS, and more.

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March 1, 2023 at 11:20 am

The Matter electric motorcycle will compete with the likes of the Revolt RV400 and Tork Kratos R.

The Matter electric motorcycle gets a premium vibe with its design and functionality. It has a 7.0-inch LCD instrument cluster with 4G connectivity and runs an Android-based operating system. The motorcycle features remote lock/unlock, geofencing, real-time location tracking, vehicle health monitoring and detailed ride statistics. The startup claims it comes with a proximity-based key fob and a passive keyless entry system, allowing the rider to lock or unlock the vehicle simply by getting close to it.

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Interestingly, while most of the EV startups in India are following the tried and tested e-scooters route, Matter chose the electric motorcycle space for its first product as not many companies have introduced their products into the space , and therefore less explored. The motorcycle will be produced at Matter’s Ahmedabad factory, which claims to have an annual capacity of 60,000 units.

Matter claims the electric motorcycle is designed and developed in-house. The motorcycle claims to come with regular and fast charging support. However, the most interesting fact about this electric motorcycle is the availability of a four-speed sequential manual gearbox, which is not available in any electric bike sold in India.

Stationary lithium-ion battery packs use nickel-manganese-cobalt chemistry cells. Matter claims this electric motorcycle is the first in India to feature liquid cooling technology in the EV segment. Furthermore, it promises that the bike with the 5 kWh battery pack will provide a range of 125-150 kilometers on a single charge. The model with the 6 kWh battery pack will be the most expensive. The manufacturer claims the motorcycle has a rated power output of 14.2 horsepower.

The Matter electric motorcycle comes with a 1 kWh on-board charger that it claims can fully charge the EV in less than 5 hours. The startup claims the charger will plug into any 5A, 3-pin plug, and the bike is also compatible with DC fast charging, allowing it to fully charge in less than two hours.

First published date: March 1, 2023 at 11:20 AM CST

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