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Ultraviolette acquires connected vehicle tech start-up Triloki Smart Systems Ahead of Ultraviolette F77 electric motorbike launch.
Ultraviolette had its inaugural community event in Bangalore ahead of the commercial launch of the F77 in H1 2022. The goal of this event was to bring like-minded people together to connect and share their opinions, questions, and interests about the F77 with the Ultraviolette team. This was the first of numerous such gatherings that would take place in the following months.
Ultraviolette co-founders Narayan Subramaniam and Niraj Rajmohan took the audience on a tour of the F77’s origins and development. The community received a firsthand look at Ultraviolette’s approach to constructing the F77 from the ground up, whether it was vehicle design, battery technology, or even setting new battery safety norms along the road.
Narayan Subramaniam, Founder and CEO, Ultraviolette, stated, “We are building a performance motorcycle, one that is designed to represent the future of India, engineered to go through a lot more rigor, with uncompromising focus on safety, vis-a-vis the other EVs out there. While we have been busy with the final testing of the F77, it is time to start engaging with our community of motorcyclists, tech enthusiasts, and just about anyone who believes in a more progressive future. The F77 is something that will both excite and delight consumers and riders, through the performance as well as the ownership experience. We are absolutely thrilled with the feedback and the response that we have received from our first engagement and we look forward to meeting with a lot more people with like-minded interests and passions, from across the country, and subsequently from other parts of the world.”
In order to scale up its Automotive Intelligence Platform across different products and geographies, Ultraviolette have announced the successful acquisition of Triloki Smart Systems, a connected vehicle technology start-up.
Triloki Smart Systems is a Bangalore-based technology start-up that uses advanced device technology and next-generation riding experiences to support connected car ecosystems. Dr. Yagna Kalyanaraman and Parikshit Chipalkatti launched Triloki in 2018.
Commenting on the acquisition, Narayan Subramaniam, CEO at Ultraviolette, stated, “We welcome the exceptional team at Triloki to the Ultraviolette fold. At Ultraviolette, all our products are designed with the aim of delivering an unparalleled user experience and that’s where Triloki’s expertise in building customised software-enabled solutions will play an integral role. As we gear up for the launch of the F77 in India and for subsequent international scaling, our goal is to build a limitless suite of software-based features in line with emerging global requirements of connected vehicle ecosystems and services. We are thrilled to be working with the excellent engineering team from Triloki”.
Ultraviolette has been working on an Automotive Intelligence Platform, a software-based backbone for its connected vehicles that allows for direct data-based insights, intelligent diagnostics, predictive maintenance, and an industry-first feature that allows for performance-oriented owner personalization of the F77 via Over-the-Air updates.
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With lithium-ion batteries already being considered impractical for large-scale application by those within the industry, it’s only a matter of time before the post-lithium era — spoken about by leading technology giants — becomes a reality. Log 9 have been working on enhancing electric mobility for the past three years, continually developing technologically-advanced power storage and power generation solutions designed for specific platforms, in a bid to push for faster EV adoption. Their new rapid charging batteries should help this cause greatly.
The new rapid charging batteries are the first-ever fast-charging two- and three-wheeler energy storage solutions in India use super-capacitor technology. They take less than 15 minutes to charge for a range of more than 60 kilometres. More importantly, they also last for 15 years or more, lowering life-time running costs considerably. These packs also offer up to five times more peak power resulting in increased load-bearing capacity and acceleration. They are also safer in terms of fire- and impact-resistance, compared to lithium-ion batteries.
Log 9’s battery packs promise a true range of more than 70 km for two-wheelers. Large-scale pilots have already commenced in partnership with companies such as Amazon, Vogo, Shadowfax, and Delhivery, among other key fleet operators.
Log9 Materials are recognized for trying to revolutionize the energy sector with an innovative zero-emission, low-cost aluminium-air fuel cell. Their mission is to create a clean, circular energy economy. Their fuel cell prototype powers an automobile for 1,000 km with zero waste and zero emissions with the battery’s novel air-cathode selectively allows air to pass through to the electrolyte, reacting with the aluminium placed inside a chamber to generate electricity. The by-product, aluminium hydroxide, is deposited at the bottom of the fuel-cell in a powder form that can be recycled at a smelter and reused in the same battery again. Fresh aluminium in a rectangular ‘cassette-like’ form is put into the fuel-cell, a process that takes less than five minutes. One of the biggest attractions is the fact that the cost does not scale in proportion to an increase in energy capacity of the fuel cell.
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