two-wheeeler manufacturer TVS Motor Company has launched India’s first ethanol
based motorcycle – TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100. This bio-fuel powered motorcycle
has been priced at Rs 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be available in the
states of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
The motorcycle was launched in the presence of Nitin Jairam Gadkari,
Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India & Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises, Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, and Venu Srinivasan, Chairman,
TVS Motor Company.
Ethanol is domestically produced from renewable plant
sources. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, as well as safe to handle, store and
transport. An oxygenated fuel that
contains 35% oxygen, ethanol reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from
combustion. Apart from this, ethanol
also helps reduce carbon monoxide emissions, particulate matter and
TVS Motor Company first showcased the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
Ethanol concept in Auto Expo 2018 held in Delhi. The bike sports a vibrant
interplay of green graphics seamlessly woven with the ‘Ethanol’ logo. It is equipped with a Twin-Spray-Twin-Port
EFI technology. The ethanol powered
Apache is capable of producing 20.6hp@8500rpm with a peak torque of 18.1Nm@7000rpm. It can reach a top speed
of 129kmph according to the official
figure. The use of ethanol should prove to be more budget friendly for owners
as it costs less than petrol.
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