Matter Energy, a Gujarat-based electric two-wheeler company has launched its electric bike “Aera” in the country.
Two variants at present
It arrives in two variants and is priced at Rs 1.44 lakh for the 5,000 variant and Rs 1.54 lakh for the higher-spec 5,000+ variant (ex-showroom, India, including FAME-II subsidy, excluding state subsidies).
Currently it is just these two variants on offer but will expand to four in future.
Both existing variants have a liquid-cooled, 5kWh battery with a claimed 125km real-world range.
The liquid-cooled motor has a claimed peak power output of 10.5kW.
The battery itself weighs approximately 40kg and the Aera e-bike tips the scales at roughly 180kg.
First in market with 4-speed gearbox
One USP is that it is the first electric bike to boast of a 4-speed gearbox, making it the only one in the market to do so as of now.
The Aera 5000 gets a 7-inch touch-compatible display with optional Bluetooth connectivity, park assist, keyless operation, OTA updates, progressive blinkers and welcome lights.
The 5000+ comes with Bluetooth connectivity as standard along with a lifestyle and care package, although what that includes is yet to be revealed.
The Matter Aera is priced at Rs 1.44 lakh and Rs 1.54 lakh, for the 5000 and 5000+ variants, respectively.
The battery pack and the Aera both come standard with a 3-year warranty.
Whether the price includes the charger is also unknown at the moment.
Just getting started
Matter Energy said that its first experience centre will open in Ahmedabad in the next 45 days.
The network will grow to 20 dealerships across the country in the next three months.
By the end of this year, that number will grow to approximately 100, claims the Ahmedabad-based start-up.
The bikes can be preordered in metros and tier-1 cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai, among others.
Bookings will open for the Matter Aera within the next 30 days.
The company also claims that it had started work on its manufacturing facility in November 2022.
It hasn’t provided any details as to what the delivery timelines would be, simply stating that it will commence this summer.