12th Jul 2019 2:23 pm
TVS claims the running costs of the Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 will be the same as that of its petrol-powered counterpart, but the E100 .
TVS has just launched an Ethanol-powered variant of the Apache RTR 200 4V and it’s called the Apache RTR 200 Fi E100. Priced at Rs 1.20 lakh, the Ethanol-powered Apache 200 Fi E100 is Rs 9,000 more expensive than the petrol-powered 200 4V. TVS has revealed the bike will initially be available only in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka. First showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, the RTR 200 Fi E100 is essentially the same as the regular Apache, apart from the fuel it uses.
Bio-ethanol fuel is mainly produced by the sugar fermentation process, and the main sources of sugar required to produce it comes from ‘energy crops’. These include corn, maize and wheat – crops that grow well in our country. Ethanol is also biodegradable and low in toxicity so while this Apache (or other Ethanol powered vehicles) aren’t electric per se, the ramifications of the combustion of Ethanol (lesser nitrogen and carbon monoxide emissions) are far lesser than that of burning fossil fuels. Adapting to ethanol powered vehicles will also reduce the massive cost of importing fossil fuels.
The 197cc single-cylinder engine will make an identical 21hp at 8500rpm and 18.1Nm of torque at 7000rpm. According to TVS, the price of Ethanol is less than 62 percent that of petrol and that the overall running cost to the customer is almost the same as that of a petrol-powered Apache.
At the launch, Venu Srinivasan, chairman, TVS Motor Company, said “TVS Motor Company believes that Ethanol-based products are an important option for our customers. This is due to the easy compatibility in transition to Ethanol and its sustained positive impact on the environment without compromising on performance and total cost of ownership. TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 is a breakthrough in the two-wheeler space that will set the trend for a green future in India.”