TVS Motor Company took the wraps off its first ever Ethanol run motorcycle, which is the TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 ! The motorcycle has been launched in India at a price of ₹ 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom) and it will be initially launched in the states of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V FI Ethanol was first shown as a concept at the 2018 Auto Expo, held in February 2018 and now, the production version of the motorcycle is finally here. The Ethanol run Apache 200 gets the same design as its petrol-powered sibling apart from the green decals on the fuel tank.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 Ethanol gets an E100 200 cc single-cylinder engine which has a power output of 20.7 bhp at 8500 rpm and peak torque of 18.1 Nm at 7000 rpm. TVS claims a top speed of 129 kmph. The ethanol powered Apache gets electronic fuel injection with twin-spray-twin-port system that ensures better power delivery while burning cleaner and emitting up to 50 per cent less Benzene and Butadiene gases.
There is a rising need for vehicles on alternate fuels and one such eco-friendly bio-fuel is Ethanol. It is manufactured from plant residue such as sugarcane molasses and sorghum and is significantly cleaner than fossil fuels. Ethanol is basically a oxygenated fuel blend of alcohol and gasoline which gives a higher octane number at lower costs and has cleaner combustion too. Using Ethanol as a fuel reduces the emission of Carbon Monoxide by up to 35 per cent. There is a significant reduction in the emission of Sulphur Dioxide and particulate matter too. Since, it is manufactured from renewable plant resources, Ethanol is bio-degradable and increased usage of Ethanol can reduce the import of petroleum on a larger scale as well.