TVS-backed Ultraviolet Automotive is all set to launch its F77 high-performance electric motorcycle with a launch date set for November 24.Th this year. After 5 years of rigorous testing and R&D, the e-bike is expected to be available in 3 variants with over 70,000 pre-launch bookings from 190 countries – Airstrike, Shadow and Laser. The Bangalore-based company is also hoping to enter the US and European markets. With the launch planned in a phased manner starting from Bengaluru and moving to other cities across the country, the company had hinted at a 3 lakh plus price tag for the e-bike in 2019.
The 2-wheeler EV space in India is witnessing intense competition and new entrants are coming forward with their products that offer the most benefits to consumers. Mainstream manufacturers are gaining ground in the market with their electric products like TVS’ iQube or the recently launched Hero Vida V1, and new all-electric manufacturers like Ather, Ola with their EVs, Ultraviolette are also making their way. trying to in the minds of customers.
The F77 sports a muscular build with its battery and frame completely covered by panels and fairing. As seen in the pictures, the bike’s aggressive street fighter headlights with integrated DRLs give it an attractive appeal and its front-centric stance with those chunky suspension forks makes it sportier. 5 years of R&D has seen some significant changes in the chassis and battery pack layout of the electric 2-wheeler with the battery pack now acting as a stressed member in the frame. There has also been some improvement in the in-house developed battery which results in a 15-20% increase in range. A mid-mounted motor powers the rear wheel via a chain drive.
The F77 is expected to feature dual-channel ABS, multiple drive modes, regenerative braking and adjustable suspension to name a few. The company, led by Narayan Subramaniam, is testing its products under different climatic conditions and terrains across the country. The manufacturer is conducting a production trail run at its manufacturing facility located in Electronic City as it prepares to launch its first electric motorcycle.