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Exclusive: EV Bike Startup Ultraviolette Automotive Mops Up $15 Mn From TVS, Zoho

Exclusive: EV Bike Startup Ultraviolette Automotive Mops Up $15 Mn From TVS, Zoho

Ultraviolette has allotted a total of 5909 Series C Compulsory Convertible Cumulative Preferences (CCPS) to both TVS and Zoho

As per Inc42 estimate, the startup picked up the funding at $200 Mn pre-money valuation

At present, TVS holds a total of 33.95% in the company and 2.46% is held by Zoho Corporation. 

Bengaluru-based two-wheeler electric vehicle manufacturer Ultraviolette Automotive has picked up around INR 112.5 Cr (~15 Mn) in a fresh round of funding from TVS  and bootstrapped unicorn Zoho Corporation.

Ultraviolette has allotted a total of 5909 Series C Compulsory Convertible Cumulative Preferences (CCPS) to TVS and Zoho.

As per Inc42 estimate, the startup picked up the funding at $200 Mn pre-money valuation.

While its early backer TVS has pumped in INR 75 Cr, Sridhar Vembu led Zoho has infused INR 38 Cr in the current round. As per the recent filing, the company has said the fresh funding is for its ‘business requirements’. Post allotment, TVS will have 33.95% stake in the company and 2.46% will be held by Zoho Corporation.

The investment comes almost a year after Ultraviolette Automotive picked INR 30 Cr in its Series B round of investment from TVS Motor Company. In October, last year, the startup raised an undisclosed amount of investment as part of its Series B round from Kumar Vembu, CEO of GoFrugal Technologies. Kumar Vembu (Zoho founder Sridhar Vembu’s sibling) had invested in its Series A funding round as well.

Founded in 2016 by Narayan Subramaniam and Niraj Rajmohan, Bengaluru-based Ultraviolette Automotive specialises in sustainable mobility and energy infrastructure.

In 2019, the startup had launched its flagship zero-emission connected electric motorcycle, F77 which is enabled with ride GPS fleet tracking, remote diagnostics, over-the-air (OTA) or wireless upgrades, regenerative braking, multiple ride modes, ride analytics and bike tracking. As per its website, the F77  claims to have a battery capacity of 4.2kWh and can have a full charge within 1.5 hours through fast charging. The company claims its bike can reach 0-60 kmph within 2.9 seconds and 0-100 kmph within 7.5 seconds.

In the two-wheeler EV space, Ultraviolette Automotive competes against the likes of Micromax founder-led Revolt. The startup also locks its horns with Bhavesh Aggarwal’s Ola Electric, which is yet to deliver its much-hyped escooters, Tarun Mehta’s Ather Energy, Suhas Rajkumar-led Simple Energy, among others. It is important to highlight that TVS had also launched electric scooter TVS iQube last year.

The electric vehicle market has been noticing significant boosts in the country in the last few years. Of this, the two-wheeler electric vehicles are expected to drive India’s EV market. As per an ICRA’s report, two-wheelers will account for 8-10% of the total EV sales whereas over 30% of the three-wheelers will be battery-powered by FY25. As per Inc42’s vehicle outlook market report 2020, Indian electric vehicle startups have raised over $601 Mn between 2014 and 2019