Orxa Energies Mantis electric motorcycle travels 7,000 km in 28 days

Bangalore-based EV start-up Orxa Energies has announced that two of its flagship electric motorcycles – the Mantis – covered 7,000 km in 28 days as part of its endurance feat on the Electric BharatMala.

According to the start-up, it’s about halfway through the world record attempt of more than 14,000 km and is the first time that seven start-ups have come together to build an ecosystem of electric vehicles. (VE) to overcome barriers to India’s green mobility journey. . As of today, the riders, including a member of the Orxa team, have arrived in Gorakhpur on their motorbikes and, after a rest day, are expected to start their journey towards Dehradun, and north towards Jammu.

the Mantis is Orxa’s flagship all-electric performance motorcycle which was first unveiled in December 2019. It can reach a top speed of 135 km/h, accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds. A 9 kWh battery provides the Mantis with a claimed range of 200 km per charge in the city and around 150 km on the highway. The start-up says that over the last 7,000 kilometres, both Mantis were tested in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, steep inclines, highway speeds, off-roading, rain and sleet. other conditions.

Dr. Prawal Sabnis, co-founder of Orxa Energies, said: “We are delighted to be part of a group of ‘Made in India’ startups and collaborators to answer the many questions surrounding the electric vehicle ecosystem in the country. We are happy to be able to address concerns about range, performance, maintenance and charging of electric vehicles in different terrains, using the Mantis on this long journey. Having been part of the riding team, our expedition so far has proven the bike’s ability on a variety of road conditions. The upcoming high altitude regions, coupled with sub-zero temperatures, will test the reliability of our electric motorcycles and the endurance of their riders.

The Electric Bharatmala started on February 4 from Bangalore and covered key checkpoints such as Mangalore, Kochi, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Vizag, Guwahati, Dimapur, Kohima and Imphal in the northeast and other cities in road. The final leg of the journey will take several long stretches along the Thar Desert and on to Goa. Several sections of more than 400 km/day will be completed during this period. From Goa, the team will then depart back to Bangalore crossing the Western Ghats by March 29.

The collaboration, called “StartupnREV”, was conceptualized by John Kuruvilla and Gautam Khot, mentors at the REAP Brigade. The ride is on two Mantis motorcycles built by Orxa Energies, in collaboration with SpareIT for EV-ready parts and service, BOLT and Charzer for EV charging, and Pothole Raja, a civic startup whose l he goal is to repair over 1,000 potholes on this Tour of Bharatmala. The collaboration is also supported by Highway Delite, which coordinates charging facilities at hotels and CEAT stores before passengers reach their destination each day. As part of its program, runners visit around 20 colleges to showcase the stories of these #MadeInIndia startups that make this ride possible.

Wiley C. Thompson