TVS Automobile-backed Ultraviolette Automotive an electric motorcycle manufacturing start-up has announced that it is setting up its first manufacturing and assembly facility near Electronics City, Bangalore.
Production of its high-performance electric motorcycle – the F77 – will begin in Q1 CY2022 and the first batch of motorcycles will be rolled out in the market in March, 2022. It may be recollected that the company had first showcased the pre-production version of the F77 in November 2019.
Ultraviolette says its manufacturing facility is spread over 70,000 square feet, will manufacture 15,000 electric motorcycles in the first year, and will rapidly scale up to an annual capacity of 120,000 units. This will generate employment for over 500 employees, who will be trained on electric vehicle manufacturing and assembly over the next 5 years.
Narayan Subramaniam, founder and CEO, Ultraviolette, said, “This is an important milestone for us in our journey towards building a superior EV experience for India and international markets. We chose this location given its strategic proximity to our R&D facility in Bangalore as well as a strong supply-chain ecosystem in and around the region. We have received an overwhelming response for the F77 and this facility will help us cater to that demand over the next few years. Most importantly, the F77 has been designed and built indigenously and over 90% of the vehicle including the battery packs, will be manufactured using locally sourced components.”
According to the company the F77 is a high-tech, high-performance motorcycle built with principles used in the aviation industry. With an acceleration of 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, top speed of 140kph, and a range of 150km on a single charge, the F77 is a smart and connected electric motorcycle that comes with remote diagnostics over-the-air (OTA) upgrades, regenerative braking, multiple ride modes, bike tracking, ride diagnostics and whole lot of other features.
Niraj Rajmohan, founder and CTO, Ultraviolette Automotive said, “Our new production unit is a state-of-the-art facility that will be equipped with smart technologies and industry 4.0 solutions. All processes within the unit will be driven by data in order to ensure seamless integration across the entire manufacturing lifecycle thereby increasing efficiencies and production output. Additionally, we will deploy sustainable manufacturing practices such as using renewable sources of energy, recycling of e-waste and ensuring zero affluents that will help in significantly reducing the impact on the environment.”
The company claims it has received over 40,000 booking interest for the F77 e-motorcycle from customers in India and international markets. It will begin pre-orders for the eco-friendly motorcycle later this year.
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