TVS Apache- a racing bike series which I don’t think need any sort of introduction. Today, the brand 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 approximately Rs 9,000 more expensive than the petrol variant of the RTR 200 4V. TVS has also revealed the Ethanol-Powered bike will initially be available only in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka. Apart from the fuel it uses, it is essentially the same as the regular Apache.
Advantage of Ethanol
Ethanol is a biodegradable and low in toxicity fuel, produced by the sugar fermentation process. So while this Apache is not electric, but the ramifications of the combustion of Ethanol (lesser nitrogen and carbon monoxide emissions) are far lesser than that of burning fossil fuels.
Cherry on the cake? The 197cc single-cylinder engine will make an identical 21hp at 8500rpm and 18.1Nm of torque at 7000rpm, which the regular petrol engine does.
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.”
Well, it will be great to see how this product performs in the market (considering ethanol is not that readily available as petrol). What are your thoughts about this new product from TVS, do let us know in the comments down below.