TVS has launched the new Apache RTR 200 Fi E100, a new green motorcycle that can run on 100 % ethanol fuel. TVS launched the new motorcycle in India at a starting price of Rs 1,20,000 and has made it available in only three states namely Maharashtra, UP and Karnataka. The company is stated to be ready to produce roughly 1,000 unit of this motorcycle every month.
Showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo, the Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 has finally made it to select TVS showrooms. The bike will offer, more or less similar engine output specifications to that of the petrol powered fuel injected variant, however, the fuel efficiency of the ethanol variant is expected to be lower than the petrol powered one. This is primarily due to the fact that petrol has a higher calorie density than ethanol. The company has stated that customers may be able to derive cost savings through the use of ethanol that was stated by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, MoRTH to be between Rs 51-55 per litre.
Ethanol is being produced domestically from renewable plant sources. The fuel is non-toxic in nature and is also biodegradable, as well as safe to handle, store and transport. Ethanol contains 35 % oxygen and reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from the combustion process. The fuel is also said to reduce carbon monoxide emissions, particulate matter and sulphur-d-oxide. Use of Ethanol as a fuel will reduce the dependence on imports of petroleum and increase the country’s energy security.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 sports a new interplay of green graphics that have the ethanol logo on them, all else on this motorcycle remains similar to its petrol counterpart. Gadkari has also stated that such vehicles will get a green number plate to signify they run on clean fuel. The engine is equipped with a twin-spray-twin-port EFI system that ensures better driveability, faster throttle response and reduction in emission levels. The bike will offer 21 PS of power at 8,500 rpm and a torque of 18.1 Nm @ 7,000 rpm. It has been tested to achieve a top speed of 129 km/h.