An Ethanol-powered variant of the Apache RTR 200 4V, which is christened as the Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 has been introduced to existing Indian lineup of TVS Motors. It is priced at INR 1.20 lakh that makes it premium over the petrol-powered 200 4V by INR 9000. The motorcycle has been showcased to the Indian audience and will initially be available for the buyers in states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka. For the first time, the RTR 200 Fi E100 was displayed at the 2018 Auto Expo and it is all similar to the ongoing Apache in the market yet uses ethanol as fuel.
Ethanol- Less Toxic, Less Expensive
Bio-ethanol fuel is extracted from the sugar fermentation process and the sources which are majorly used to produce sugar include corn, maize and wheat. These are energy crops and cultivated in abundance in our country. Not even this, ethanol is biodegradable and less toxic, its combustion releases less nitrogen and carbon monoxide as compared to combustion of fossil fuels. Also, opting ethanol over fossil fuel would help in bringing down the massive import cost of fossil fuels.
Beneath the fuel tank, the Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 has loaded with the similar 197cc single-cylinder engine that powers petrol powered TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. The engine is rated to make out identical power figures- 21hp at 8500rpm and 18.1Nm of torque at 7000rpm as of the regular Apache 200.
If the pricing of ethanol is considered, it is around 62 per cent less than that of one-litre petrol. All in all, the running cost for the RTR 200 Fi E100 will be quite similar to the petrol-powered Apache.
At the launch of the Apache RTR 200 Fi E100, 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.