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This Fighter Jet-Inspired Electric Motorcycle Costs Just $4,600 And It’s Coming To America


Another awesome electric motorcycle is on its way to America and it blends style with a low price. Indian startup Ultraviolette Automotive has started sales of the Ultraviolette F77, an electric motorcycle with looks inspired by jets. This motorcycle can go up to 94 mph, travel up to 190 miles, and costs as low as $4,600. The best part is that the company plans on selling these to Americans.

There’s perhaps never been a better time to become a motorcyclist than now. Bikers of today have all kinds of high-tech gear to keep them safe and the number of brands to choose from is only increasing. If you want something powered by internal combustion, you can choose anything from Honda’s inexpensive XR150L to the insane Kawasaki Ninja H2. Or, if you have some deep pockets, you could even buy a turbine-powered motorcycle. If you like your steeds electric, there are countless EV motorcycles out there and it seems like every day that there’s a new one coming out. The Ultraviolette F77 is another tantalizing electric machine and it seems promising.

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This motorcycle comes from Ultraviolette Automotive, a startup founded in 2016 in India by Narayan Subramaniam and Niraj Rajmoha. The company has $15 million backing from an established producer of motorcycles, TVS Motor Company, as well as technology company Zoho Corporation. The company seeks to solve some of the personal transportation issues that will be faced by city dwellers in the future. Ultraviolette has been working on its electric motorcycle since 2015, before its founding. The Ultraviolette F77 was unveiled in late 2019 and was supposed to go on sale soon after, but the pandemic pumped the brakes on the company’s plans.

Ultraviolette has come out of the other side of the pandemic with a motorcycle that has now started selling in its home city of Bengaluru in India. The company will expand sales through the rest of India this year before setting its sights on Japan, Europe, and North America, hopefully in 2024. So, we may have to wait a bit, but Ultraviolette wants to sell its F77 to Americans. What will we be getting?

Inspired By Jets

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The first thing that you notice about the Ultraviolette F77 is that the company wants you to think of this as a fighter jet for the road. Not only does the company say that the motorcycle’s design is inspired by jets, but Ultraviolette commits to the idea right down to trim levels.

Starting with the design, I can sort of see the fighter jet influence. The F77 has a sportbike style and it looks like the seating position is also that of a sportbike. Unlike some electric motorcycle designs, the electric bits are hidden under sculpted panels. The production version’s design has a couple of scoops and two fins, but I think they could have leaned into the jet idea a little further. How about afterburner-style taillights or some air force-chic decals?

Really, that’s a small nitpick because this looks like a much more expensive motorcycle than it is.

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The Ultraviolette F77 is available in three colorways, each with a name to please your inner Call of Duty player. There’s Airstrike, which is a sort of gunmetal gray and red, Shadow for that blacked-out look, and Laser, a red design for when grey and black are too boring. From there, there are two variants to choose from, Original and Recon.

Decent Specs For The Price

Spec the Ultraviolette F77 in Original form and you get a 7.1 kWh battery pack that also forms a part of the motorcycle’s structure. That feeds an electric motor that outputs 36.2 HP peak and 62.7 lb-ft torque to the rear wheel via a chain drive.

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Power output is controlled through “Glide,” “Combat,” and “Ballistic” ride modes. The motorcycle is rated for 128 miles on the Indian Driving Cycle, but when you set it into Ballistic, which unlocks all power, the range goes down to just 73 miles. It should be noted that the higher range numbers assume that you’ll be riding in a city and making use of the motorcycle’s regenerative braking.

In terms of performance, the Original gets up to 60 mph in as fast as 8.3 seconds and tops out at 87 mph. If you step up to the Recon version, you get a 10.3 kWh battery, which gets you up to about 190 miles of range or 106 miles when operating in Ballistic mode. Top speed ratchets up to 91 mph and the sprint to 60 mph is slightly faster at 8.0 seconds.

Finally, there’s also a Limited model, of which only 77 units will be made.

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That one is ever so slightly faster than a Recon with its 94 mph top speed and a 7.8-second sprint to 60 mph. All of the other stats of this one are the same as the Recon and the only other major difference is the fact that it comes with a special paint job. If those range numbers seem confusing, here’s how Ultraviolette describes how range testing works in India:

The IDC rates electric vehicle driving range. It uses a dynamic test cycle with each cycle lasting 108s. The cycles are repeated until the vehicle is unable to meet the required acceleration and speed needed to complete the cycle. The test is conducted as per the requirement stated under Annex II of the CMVR notified by the Government of India. Testing is carried out under ideal conditions using a chassis dynamometer, with the aim of making the conditions as close to the real world as possible. Testing is performed at different speeds and includes stops, acceleration and braking.

Continuing the aviation theme, Ultraviolet says that like a plane, this motorcycle’s systems have been extensively tested before they were set loose on the public. The company touts aircraft-like redundancies, too. This sounds really cool but it seems that the company is really just talking about the motorcycle’s dual-channel ABS system, park assist system, and battery management system. The battery has an operating range of 32 degrees to 131 degrees and the battery management system is there to prevent it from getting damaged by too much heat, too much cold, too much discharge, and more.

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Speaking of the battery, the motorcycle’s standard charger can be charged up to 80 percent in three hours and 100 percent in five hours through a standard charger. Thankfully, it can be fast charged, and with one the battery reaches 80 percent in 50 minutes and 100 percent in 90 minutes.

All versions are built with a steel trellis frame and feature an inverted front fork with a rear monoshock. Preload adjustment is available only on the Recon and Limited models. Stopping power on all three is handled through a 320mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc, again with dual-channel ABS.

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Obviously, this motorcycle isn’t going to blow the doors off of anything. This is slower than a number of the Holy Grails that I’ve written about. Instead, it appears that this motorcycle is about getting style and a lot of technology without going broke. Though, it should be noted that this is apparently India’s fastest electric motorcycle right now.

You even get information on the Ultraviolette F77 using a five-inch LTE and GPS-connected screen and an app on your phone. It even has an inertia measurement system and a service function that can apparently warn the rider before a part breaks in the EV system. The Original model is about $4,600 in India with the Recon jumping up to $5,500 and the Limited setting you back about $6,675. The Limited is already sold out, which isn’t surprising given the small 77-unit production.

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Sadly, you will have to wait at least a year to see these in America. Ultraviolette says that it wants to grab a foothold in India first before expanding into the rest of the world. That’s expected to happen at least in 2024 and the company is expecting a $120m investment before spreading its wings. Hopefully, it does come here because more cool motorcycles in America is always a good thing.


(All Photos: Ultraviolette)


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15 Responses

  1. I am conflicted on this one. On one hand, it is the performance equivalent of a Honda Grom and only slightly more expensive (I’m assuming it will actually be built and will sell for $4600). Light weight, low performance bikes can be a lot of fun to ride. This thing also looks good. A cheap, stylish, fun electric motorcycle is a good thing.

    On the other hand, the economics of this bike don’t make sense. I get around 100 mpg with my Honda Monkey, so at $5 per gallon I’m spending around $0.05 per mile to ride it. If I rode my bike 50,000 miles, that is only $2500 worth of gas. Also, battery life is more dependent on age than mileage. This bike will probably need a new battery after 12 years or so, even with low mileage. Any savings on maintenance or fuel would be more than negated. Cheap used EV cars can be cheaper than gas alternatives when gas and maintenance are considered. Unfortunately, that probably will not be true in the near term for small electric motorcycles.

    Still, I would like to see a bike like this built. Most EV purchases today are about saving the environment instead of saving money. Plus, e-bikes are very popular, and this is a small step up from an e-bike in terms of cost and capability. A bike like this might actually sell well.

  2. I’m normally the positive guy in the comments, and I’m a huge motorcycle fan (hence my handle), I’m not saying that the F77 is bad, it’s just not great and its not going to be sold in America any time soon. It’s basically an electric scooter powerplant dressed up in a nice fairing package produced by a startup looking for funding. Theres nothing wrong with that, but a few facts:

    1. It’s tiny. It has a wheelbase of 1300mm. Smaller than a KTM 390 (also made for the Indian market).
    2. It’s heavy – it weighs 121 lbs more than the KTM 390
    3. It’s slow – see numbers in article. Plus what wasn’t mentioned is that its limited to 49mph when in the “glide” mode – which you have to be in to get the published range. This would be fine if the actual range was better, but in the one public test the range was about half of the claimed number. And the 8 second 0-60 time is only for the 77 “special”(expensive) models. The actual production model is much slower with even more limited range.
    4. The article leads with “Its coming to America” – But there’s not even a Indian dealership yet. They have publicly stated they need 120 Million in investment to expand globally.

    1. To continue with the comparisons to the Ktm 390 I think it does 0-60mph in the 5’s and still gets 50+ mpg for just about the same money. My gf picked one up for ~$4k with about 400 miles on it.

  3. There’s no way those range or price estimates are remotely realistic. The $6500 Sondors Metacycle has a 4kwh pack and can do roughly 30 miles. Somehow this has a 7kwh pack, costs $2000 less and can do 4x the range? At the price of a mid-priced eBike? There’s a million companies trying everything in the electric space, everyone knows the suppliers, the battery technology, there’s no way anyone is pulling a crazy miracle like that.

    1. “Testing is carried out under ideal conditions using a chassis dynamometer”

      Sounds like the range estimate is done statically, so if you remove aerodynamic drag, everything becomes easier range wise.

    2. That range is based on the IDC (Indian Driving Cycle) which has a maximum test speed of 40 km/h. (25 mph)

      I can’t post the graph so here is the description:

      Idle for 20 seconds.
      Accelerate to 20 kph
      Decelerate to 15 kph
      Accelerate to 30 kph
      Decelerate to 20 kph
      Accelerate to 40 kph
      Decelerate to 35 kph
      Accelerate to 40 kph
      Coast down to 0 kph
      Repeat until the battery is exhausted.

      None of the acceleration is aggressive (that first acceleration to 20 kph takes 5 seconds)

  4. That’s a crazy good deal. 7.1 kWH and 27 kW are plenty enough for commuting and twisties, and an L2 charger would be a serious bonus. It looks like it has good aerodynamics, which will help freeway range be somewhat less than atrocious.
    Let’s see if they deliver.

  5. Ola said they were coming to the US also. Still waiting. Also, when motorcycles do start arriving in the US, how will you journalists differentiate country of origin “Indian Motorcycles” from the brand name “Indian Motorcycles”?

  6. The bodywork looks good and according to the spec sheet the seat height is about 31″, which is pretty reasonable.

    “dual-channel ABS system, park assist system, and battery management system”

    I get the first one and the last one, but why would a motorcycle need park assist?

    1. Motorbikes and scooters are pretty popular in India. Maybe it’s some sort of reversing system to help back into tightly packed two-wheeler parking spots?

    2. Maybe they meant “hill hold assist” or similar. With this option engaged the motorcycle will not roll back if you are stopped on an incline. You can then put both feet on the ground and engage the motorcycle forward more easily when ready vs. feathering the clutch, having one foot on the rear brake, etc.

  7. I can’t wait to buy this vaporware motorcycle from an Indian startup with only $15mm of funding and have their jury rigged battery explode between my legs.

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