Indian electric startup, Matter has unveiled its first electric two-wheeler, called…the Matter. While details on the launch and the pricing are not being announced yet, Matter claims that the e-bike might likely launch in January, with deliveries expected to begin in April 2023.
Unlike most electric bikes we see out there, the Matter is designed to look like a conventional ICE-powered motorcycle, with a unique-looking LED headlamp, full body indicators and overall, a streetfighter look, which reminds us of the Honda CB series, in a way. However, the most notable feature here is the addition of liquid cooling and a gearbox. Now, geared electric motorcycles are nothing new, but the Matter EV is the first one to do so in India.
Powering it is a mid-mounted electric motor, which puts out 14.27PS of power and a claimed 520Nm of torque at the wheel. As mentioned earlier, the Matter motorcycle comes with a four-speed manual gearbox with a clutch. While we did get to see the e-bike in person, we weren’t allowed to check the gearbox ourselves. So, we’re saving our opinions for the first ride review.
Coming to the heart of the “Matter”, the e-bike packs a liquid-cooled, 5kWh battery pack, which provides a range of 125km to 150km, depending on the variants. It also supports both standard and fast charging and can be charged with a 5A, three-pin plug point. As far as charging speed is concerned, the onboard charger claims to top-up the bike in less than five hours.
In terms of features, the e-bike gets all-LED lighting, projector headlamps, keyless entry, 4G connectivity and a massive seven-inch LCD touchscreen display with navigation. Other features include an auto reply to calls, accident detection, ride analysis and more.
Underpinnings here consist of telescopic forks at the front and twin shocks at the rear. Braking is handled by a single disc at both ends, with dual-channel ABS. All of this is suspended on a double cradle frame.
Matter is yet to confirm the exact launch date and price details as of yet. However, we expect it to cost around Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom) mark. It’ll compete against the Revolt RV400 and the Torq Kratos.