Ultraviolette F77: India’s electric motorcycle unveiled

The Bengaluru-based tech start-up Ultraviolette Automotive recently unveiled the company’s first product, the Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycle. Ultraviolette was founded in 2015 by Niraj Rajmohan and Narayan Subramaniam, both alumni of the BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru. Available in three variants – Lightning, Shadow and Laser, the F77 is powered by an air-cooled brushless DC (BLDC) motor which has an output of 25 kW (33.5 bhp) and is good for a claimed top speed of 147 kmph, with acceleration times of 0 to 60 kmph in 2.9 seconds, 0 to 100 kmph in 7.5 seconds.

The motorcycle comes in three modes namely- Eco, Sport and Insane. With a massive torque rating of 450 Nm on the rear wheel, it is thought to be priced at around ₹ 3+ lakhs (on-road).

The Ultraviolette F77 offers a claimed range of 130-140 km on a full charge because of the three slim and modular lithium-ion battery packs. These battery packs can be charged fully in 5 hours from a standard charger, and a portable fast charger allows the rider to charge from 0-80 per cent in just 50 minutes, with full charge in 90 minutes. The standard charger works with a regular 5-ampere socket, while the fast charger requires a 15-ampere power socket. The company also offers additional sockets that can be installed at home for efficient charging.

The F77 electric motorcycle features a streel trellis frame with aluminium bulk head, and suspension is handled by an inverted cartridge type front fork, with a gas-charged preload adjustable rear shock. A 320 mm front disc, gripped by a four-piston caliper, and a 230 mm rear disc gripped by a single-piston caliper, handles the brakes.

The Ultraviolette F77 comes along with a long list of updates and advancements including a full-colour TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity, and a dedicated app with over-the-air updates, remote diagnostics, bike locator and ride analysis features.

The Ultraviolette Automotive received funding from India’s leading two-wheeler manufacturer which is the TVS Motor Company around a year ago. TVS has grandly invested ₹ 11 crore over two rounds with a 25.76 per cent stake in Ultraviolette.


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