A Bangalore-based start-up, Ultraviolette Automotive was established in 2016. The company has officially launched its product, an electric motorcycle in the Indian market. The Ultraviolette F77 price in India is between Rs 3-3.25 lakh on-road. There are three variants- Lightning, Shadow and Laser. Online registrations have already started for the motorcycle while the motorcycles will be delivered in the third quarter of 2020. Ultraviolette will initially sell the motorcycle in Bengaluru with plans to launch in other states at a later date. We’ve seen this approach with the other Bengaluru-based start-up, Ather.
Tell me more about the Ultraviolette F77
The Ultraviolette F77 has been built from ground-up. The design is new and looks like a muscular street fighter motorcycle. It’s tank is where the battery pack is placed.The motorcycle boasts LED headlights, backlit switches, TFT LCD screen an a LED tail light. The modular battery pack is said to be manufactured locally. The 4.2kWh battery pack produces 33.5hp of power and 90Nm of torque. A single speed helical gearbox transfers power to the rear wheel. The company says that 0-60kmph can be done in a mere 2.9s while 0-100kmph comes up in 7.5s. The top speed is 147kmph. There are three riding modes – Eco, Power and Insane. While we understand the other two modes, the third one is likely for the track. In this mode, the range could be lower while the torque could be more. It should be kept in mind that the motorcycle weighs less than 158kg. The motorcycle comes with a standard 1kW standard vehicle charger. A 3kW portable charger is also provided. The standard 5hr time is required for charging the motorcycle to its full whereas the optional fast charger will provide juice within 1.3hrs.
A smartphone app compatible with both iOS and Android will be released closer to launch. The meter console of the motorcycle uses Linux OS. One can control the dashboard through controls on the left of the handlebar. This side also houses the indicators, headlight as well as horn. There is also a reverse option provided for the motorcycle. One can also charge their mobile phone through the USB input. A 9-axis IMU has been provided and this one tells you the lean angle, torque available at that moment and more. Speaking of which there is dual channel ABS provided and twin discs in the front and a single unit at the rear.
The launch of the Ultraviolette F77 will put pressure on emerging makers like Emflux Motors. The latter had showcased India’s first performance electric sportsbike at the Auto Expo 2018. However, the motorcycle isn’t in the market yet. Moreover, its cost of Rs 6 lakh will be a bit too much to the liking of the conventional-engine lover.