TVS launches Ethanol-powered Apache RTR 200 Fi E100

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The Indian two-wheeler major TVS has launched its first-ethanol powered motorcycle Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 at a price of Rs. 1.20 lakh (Ex-showroom). This is one of its kind motorcycles that provide a clean and eco-friendly two-wheeler option. E100 stands for Ethanol100 which is a biofuel that is derived by fermentation of sugarcane and corn. Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 runs on 100 percent ethanol or alternatively on 80% Ethanol and 20% petrol. If you try to run it on only petrol then it’s not going to work.

Undoubtedly, it is a brilliant step towards providing an eco-friendly mode of transportation as Ethanol is non-toxic. It contains 35 percent oxygen content which will reduce carbon monoxide emissions, particulate matter and sulphur dioxide. But the whole idea may get defeated due to the lack of availability of Ethanol.

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The government’s plans to introduce ethanol-dispensing stations are not clear and if it happens then it will only be available in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh to start with, which makes the picture quite grim for clean mobility and Apache RTR 200 Fi E100. It’s important for us to shift to biofuels as this is the only hope for the future of humanity and for the future of automobiles.

Technical Specifications

Type SI, 4-stroke, Oil-cooled
Engine Capacity 197.75 cm3
Maximum Power 15.46 kW @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque 18.1Nm @ 7000rpm
Fuel supply system Fuel Injection
Valve(s) Per Cylinder 4 valves
Starting Electric Start
Power to Weight Ratio 0.1017 kW / kg
Gearbox 5 Speed Gear Box
Max Speed 129km/h
Frame Double Cradle Split SynchroStiff Frame
Front Suspension Telescopic Forks
Rear Suspension Mono-Tube – Mono Shock
Battery 12V, 9Ah / 8Ah
Headlamp AHO 12V, 60/55 W H4 bulb with LED position lamp
Tyre (front) 90/90–17 49P Tubeless (OR) 90 / 90 – 17 49S Tubeless
Tyre (rear) 130/70–17 M/C 62P Tubeless (OR) 130/70–17 M/C 62S Tubeless
Front Brake Disc (270 mm Petal type)
Rear Brake Disc (240 mm Petal type)
Brake Fluid DOT 3 / DOT 4
Height 1105 mm
Length 2050 mm
Width 790 mm
Wheelbase 1353 mm
Ground Clearance 180 mm
Saddle Height 800 mm
Kerb Weight 152 kg
Full Tank 12 l

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