Indian EV triumph at EICMA

The sound of powerful engines has become a tradition at motorcycle shows around the world. However, at this year’s prestigious Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) show in Milan, Italy, it was a new kind of sound: a jet engine-like whine that created all the excitement. One of the other electric motorcycles that made waves was Ultraviolette Automotive from India with its futuristic F77.

An electric dawn at EICMA 2022

Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori, popularly known as EICMA, is considered the Olympic Games of all motorcycle shows. For years, powerful motorcycle manufacturers such as Ducati, Aprilia and BMW from Europe have been demonstrating their latest motorcycles in Milan. However, a change has taken place during this 2022 edition, with the emergence of electric two-wheelers and an Indian one in particular.

Ultraviolet F77: A new era for Indian motorcycles

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Among the international motorcycle giants stood a single Indian startup, Ultraviolette Automotive. Founded by Narayan Subramaniam and Niraj Rajmohan in 2016, they showcased their daring creation: an electric motorcycle called the F77. It was love at first sight.

The futuristic design and sharp styling make the F77 look like something out of a science fiction movie. “The aggressive styling and advanced appearance define what electric motorcycles will look like in the future.” Rajmohan, co-founder and CTO of Ultraviolette added: “It symbolizes India’s rise to become a global hub for EV innovation.”

Yet looks alone don’t say everything. The F77 (now Mach 2 has reached our shores – as an improved avatar of the motorcycle that was on display) boasts some impressive technical specs:

• Mileage on one charge: 323 km – one of the highest among electric motorcycles

• Maximum speed: 155 km/h – in line with typical petrol motorcycles

• Acceleration from 0 to 60 km/h in 2.8 seconds

• A proprietary system of Ultraviolette’s advanced battery and thermal management

“It took us five years to bring the F77 to life and ensure it delivers peak performance,” said Subramaniam, Founder and CEO. “It’s built for an exceptional ride in terms of speed, power, etc.”

Stealing the show in Milan

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From the moment EICMA started, the F77 quickly became the center of attention. All motorcycle enthusiasts flocked to the Ultraviolette stand, where they could view this Indian e-motorcycle up close.

That’s why Ultraviolette has achieved what can only be described as a coup, with an Indian startup taking victory over their legendary motorcycle gurus right on their doorstep.

Ultraviolet: the way forward

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For founders Narayan and Niraj, the launch of the F77 is just the first step. “We aim to lead the electric mobility revolution in India,” said Rajmohan. Ultraviolet doesn’t stop here.

• Increasing production capacity and meeting the demand it has created through the launch of the Mach 2.

• Creating a new product portfolio and other variants

• Setting up a national charging network to reduce fear of range.

Ultraviolette has emerged as India’s champion electric motorcycle manufacturer, built on innovation, quality focus and humility. It’s time for these homegrown upstarts to take on the giants.

India is emerging as a global EV hub

The success of Ultraviolette and its flagship motorcycle model are testaments to India’s capabilities in EV innovation. With a vibrant startup ecosystem, tech talent base and government support for EVs, India has become an attractive destination for EVs.

This has attracted the attention of investors worldwide. For example, in 2021 alone, over $1 billion was invested in Indian electric mobility startups such as Ola Electric and Ather Energy, which are scaling up EV production in India. “The Indian EV supply chain is rapidly maturing,” said Antoine Papiernik, managing partner at venture fund Sofinnova Partners.

Ultraviolette’s success story will undoubtedly inspire more startups and investors to take the plunge into the EV space, according to experts. Like IT, India could well become the global tech garage for electric mobility.

Government push towards EV adoption

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The Indian government has played a major role in the country’s ongoing EV revolution through various initiatives such as FAME-II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles). Subsidies for electric vehicles, including charging infrastructure, will be provided under this ₹10,000 crore programme.

By 2030, government targets include 70% sales penetration for commercial vehicles, 30% for passenger cars and 80% for two-wheelers and three-wheelers.

According to NITI Aayog, 80% of all two-wheeler sales in India should be fully electric by 2030. These objectives stimulate the transition to electric vehicles.

Key learning points

• The launch of the Ultraviolet F77 at EICMA 2022 showcases India’s emergence as an innovation hub for electric vehicles.

• The groundbreaking electric motorcycle design stands out for its performance and sustainability aspects.

• Billions flowing into EV investments, with India carving out its place in the global energy vehicle market.

• Government incentives such as FAME-II, together with adoption targets, accelerate the transition to e-mobility.

• An exciting new range of electric two-wheelers is what Ultraviolette’s future roadmap promises.

The world is being shown what sustainable mobility looks like, for example by the Indian EV startups and Ultraviolette. With the F77, it seems as if India is announcing its arrival on the global stage as a major electric vehicle manufacturer.