TVS Motor India has launched a new version of the Apache RTR 200 Fi. Coming with a new E100 suffix in its moniker, this version of the popular Apache RTR 200 is equipped with an engine that can run on 100% ethanol. The company has priced the Ethanol-powered Apache 200 E100 at Rs. 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom), which makes it around Rs. 9,000 more expensive than the conventionally powered bike.
It is worth noting that the Apache E100 will initially only be available in the states of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. However, the company will expand the bike’s reach in the coming few months. Cosmetically, the Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 looks similar to the conventional bike, with the only visual discriminating factor being some green decals on the fuel tank and front forks.
Powering our vehicles with Ethanol instead of petrol, has various advantages. To start off, the emissions produced by combustion of ethanol are significantly less harmful than those from a conventional petrol-powered combustion engine. Also, more and more dependency on ethanol will reduce the cost of importing fossil fuels in the country, thus lessening the burden on foreign reserves.
However, it is important to note that ethanol is less efficient than petrol. This means that burning a litre of ethanol develops around 34% less energy as compared to burning a litre of petrol. But since the price of ethanol is lower than petrol, the cost to customer remains unchanged. At the moment, 1 litre of ethanol is priced in the range of Rs. 52 – 55, which makes it around Rs. 20 cheaper than a litre of petrol.
TVS Apache 200 E100
-Is Priced at Rs. 1.2 lakh
– Is Rs. 9,000 more expensive than the petrol powered bike.
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