The Orxa Mantis, a high-performance electric bike launched in India, is a game-changer in the electric two-wheeler market. Priced at Rs 3.60 lakh in Bengaluru, the Mantis offers features, performance, and an overall experience that is expected to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry.
Innovative Design and Powerful Performance
At the heart of the Orxa Mantis lies a robust, liquid-cooled motor. This motor is a powerhouse, generating a peak output of 20.5kW and a torque of 93Nm. Remarkably, this is the first instance of a liquid-cooled motor being used in an Indian electric two-wheeler, setting a new standard in the sector. The bike’s top speed is an impressive 135 km/h, and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.9 seconds. Such figures not only promise an exhilarating ride but also ensure that the Mantis stands tall among its peers.
Battery Life and Charging
Equally important is the Mantis’s battery life. The bike is equipped with an 8.9kWh Li-ion battery, boasting an Indian Driving Conditions (IDC) claimed range of 221 km. When it comes to charging, the Mantis offers flexibility. Using the standard 1.3kW charger, the battery charges from 0 to 80% in approximately 5 hours. For those seeking a quicker option, the ‘Blitz’ 3.3kW charger reduces this time to just 2.5 hours.
Construction and Safety
The Mantis doesn’t just excel in performance but also in its build. The bike features an all-aluminium aerospace-grade alloy frame and subframe, a first in its segment. The suspension setup includes a 41mm telescopic fork and a preload-adjustable monoshock, providing a stable and comfortable ride. In terms of safety, the bike is equipped with a 320mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc, complemented by single-channel ABS as standard. The bike’s weight, at 182kg, strikes a balance between stability and agility.
Technology is at the forefront of the Mantis experience. The bike boasts a 5-inch TFT instrument console, complete with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation through an app. Additional features like phone notifications, ride analytics, all-LED lighting, regenerative braking, and a side stand sensor enhance the riding experience. The bike runs on a Linux-based Orxa operating system, a testament to its modern technological framework.
Sustainability and Service
Orxa’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its partnership with Nunam for end-of-life battery buyback services, aiming to reduce the Mantis’s carbon footprint by 40%. For servicing, Orxa has collaborated with Spare It, and for charging infrastructure, it has partnered with Bolt, planning to establish over 100 charging points along highways.
Availability and Future Prospects
The Mantis is currently available for booking, with the first batch of deliveries set to begin in Bengaluru in April 2024. Orxa has positioned the Mantis as a direct rival to the Ultraviolette F77 and has benchmarked it against petrol motorcycles like the KTM 250 Duke and the 2023 KTM 390 Adventure in terms of power and performance.