A Connected Electric Motorcycle
The Ultraviolette F77 from India has been officially unveiled. The company has teased the bike a couple of times, and I covered the bike a while back. The teasers looked wonderful. Now the company has a real-deal motorcycle and it, too, looks pretty good, though not as good as the teaser.
Still, the F77 is a handsome and sporty-looking machine. The performance numbers are pretty good. Not amazing, but not bad. The electric range is between 80 and 90 miles. The motorcycle’s electric motor puts out 33.5 hp and 332 lb-ft torque, and it can do a 0-62 mph run in 7.2 seconds. The bike has a top speed of 91 mph. When it comes to charging the motorcycle can charge in five hours on a standard outlet and in 1.5 hours on a fast charger.
These numbers aren’t as impressive as I was hoping for. It seems that the company is going to rely more heavily on the numerous charging stations in India. In a previous article, I cited that it claimed to be planning to rely on the charging station infrastructure in India to alleviate range anxiety.
I think the bike is a good looking machine, and a notable first foray into a high-performance electric machine from India, but I don’t see this one taking off in the way it could have if the bike had more range. The charge times are pretty good and the performance is also commendable, but that range should be higher. I also don’t see a price anywhere. If the price is low, then this would make a lot of sense. If it’s pricey, as I expect it is, then it’s less impressive.
It is important to note that this bike is more than just an electric bike. It features some seriously interesting technology, too. The bike features LTE connectivity with 3G, 2G, and integrated eSIM. The bike also has Ambient Light Sensor for the dashboard; GPS for ride history, vehicle locator, and geofencing; 9-axis Inertial Measurement Unit for ride analytics; shock impact sensors for crash detection, and customizable performance profiles.
All of these things keep the motorcycle connected and bring it into the modern age. While the powertrain specs might not be something that blows you away, these features should impress you quite a bit. The crash detection alone is something that could be life-saving in the right circumstance. I’m interested to see how this bike does in India.