Ultraviolette Automotive – an electric vehicle start-up backed by TVS Motors – have just launched the F77 electric sportsbike – their first product for India and the world. Prices start from Rs. 3.8 lakh for the base Shadow variant, and customer deliveries in Bengaluru will commence from January 2023. Ultraviolette Automotive that counts Malayalam movie star Dulquer Salman as one of its investors, plans to begin delivering the F77 electric sportbike to other major Indian cities over the next one year.
The Ultraviolette F77 electric sportbike is India’s longest range electric two wheeler, with an IDC certified range of 307 kilometers/charge. There are two other higher priced variants: Laser which costs Rs. 4.55 lakh, and Airstrike that costs Rs. 5.5 lakh. Insurance and other taxes will push up the price of the top trim to about Rs. 6 lakh, on-road while the base Shadow trim is expected to cost a little over Rs. 4 lakh on-road.
The top-spec Ultraviolette F77 Airstrike variant gets an electric motor rated at 40.4 Bhp-100 Nm, and can do the 0-100 Kph sprint in 7.8 seconds while 0-60 Kmph comes up in 2.9 seconds. Top speed stands at 152 Kmph. The mid Laser trim makes 38.9 Bhp-95 Nm, can hit 100 Kph from standstill in 8 seconds, a top speed of 147 Kmph and do the 0-60 Kph sprint in 3.1 seconds. The base Shadow trim makes 36.2 Bhp-85 Nm, hits a top speed of 140 Kph, and can sprint from 0-60 Kmph and 0-100 Kmph in 3.4 seconds and 8.3 seconds respectively.
All three variants get 3 levels of regenerative braking, park assist with reverse gear and 3 riding modes: Glide, Combat and Ballistic. Battery capacities stands at 10.5 kWh – the highest for any electric two wheeler sold in India. The Shadow trim can go 206 Kms per charge while the Laser and Airstrike trims can go 307 Kms per charge, according to IDC figures, which are usually 30 % more than real world range.
In the real world, the Shadow is likely to go about 140 kilometers per charge, and the two higher trims are expected to do about 200 kilometers per charge. As for claimed numbers, UltraViolette says that Shadow trim can deliver 118, 135 and 176 Kms in Glide, Combat and Ballistic modes. As for the Laser and Airstrike trims, claimed ranges in Glide, Combat and Ballistic modes are 261, 200 and 171 kilometers respectively.
As for equipment on offer, all variants of the F77 get active cooling for the battery pack, LED headlamp, tail lamp and turn indicators, Upside down front forks, monoshock rear suspension – both adjustable for pre-load, disc brakes on both wheels and dual channel ABS. Ultraviolette Automotive plans to manufacture 10,000 units of the F77 in the first year to focus on high quality and great customer service. Production could be expanded as demand rises, and as the company begins retailing the F77 in other countries including ones in the European market.