A closer look at India’s first high-performance electric motorcycle
We are in the midst of an electric revolution at the moment, and at the heart of this revolution are electric two-wheelers. While the marketspace has so far been populated mostly by electric scooters, we’ve just seen India’s second electric motorcycle being launched in the form of the Ultraviolette F77. This is quite an interesting motorcycle with respectable performance figures, so we think it’s worth a closer look:
The F77 is sleek and sharp looking, styled like a naked streetfighter. It appears quite compact and the steep tail section is rather sporty.
Ultraviolette has given the F77 an LED headlight and DRLs, and the bike features low-set clip-on handlebars.
Buyers have a choice between three colours - Shadow, Laser and Lightning. Seen here is the red Laser option, while the previous pictures feature the white Lightning version. The Shadow is a grey colour option.
The three variants are mechanically identical, with the only difference being the paint schemes.
The F77’s tail section features a split LED tail lamp, and all the indicators are LEDas well. The cutouts underneath the pillion seat are very similar to those seen on the KTM RC 390.
The split seats look quite flat and spacious, but the pillion has no grab handles to hold onto and has to rely on the cut-outs.
One of the highlights of the F77 is this very neat openable battery compartment with three lithium-ion battery packs housed inside. The total energy storage capacity is 4.2kWh, which allows you to cover 150km on a full charge in urban conditions.
Powering the F77 is a 25kW electric motor which propels it to 60kph in just 2.92 seconds, and on to a top speed of 147kmph. The trellis frame and swingarm have been developed in-house by Ultraviolette.
17-inch wheels at both ends are wrapped in grippy Metzeler M7 rubber. Anchorage is provided by a 320mm front disc assisted by a 230mm rear disc, courtesy of ByBre.
The bikes at the launch event were equipped with a mock TFT display, but Ultraviolette hopes to make the final product appear and perform similarly.
A steel trellis frame holds the F77 together and it is suspended on an upside-down fork and monoshock. Also seen here is the BLDC electric motor producing 90Nm.
The LED-backlit switchgear on these bikes is still a work-in-progress and the finished bikes will feature different units. Directional controls similar to those on the KTM 390 Duke will be present for navigating the TFT display’s menus.