TVS Motors has earned the distinction of being the first company in India to launch an ethanol-powered two-wheeler. The TVS Apache RTR200 E100 price in India is Rs 1.20 lakh, ex-showroom. At present, the bike will be available only in Maharashtra, UP and Karnataka. These regions have proximity to sugarcane fields. Sugarcane is used in the manufacture of ethanol on which the Apache runs. Currently, there are no ethanol pumps in the country but Nitin Gadkari, the transport minister did confirm that the government will shortly start giving tenders for the same.
Sounds interesting. What all changes have been made to the TVS Apache RTR200 E100?
While the motorcycle runs the same engine as the fuel-injected Apache 200, there has been a bit of tinkering done.This includes a twin spray fuel injection system, revised internals for the fuel cap rubber, engine as well as exhaust components. This engine makes 21PS and 18.1Nm. A 5-speed gearbox with slipper clutch is being used here. The claimed top speed of 129kmph too is similar to the Fi model. Ethanol is less polluting as well as additional use able performance can be derived. Moreover, the emissions are at a whopping 35 per cent lower. However, at present the bike is BS-IV compatible but can easily be upgraded to meet BS-VI norms and at minimal costs. The current government has instructed oil companies to increase the ethanol level in the fuel from the current six per cent to 20 per cent. This motorcycle will not run on pure petrol. One has to mix 80 per cent ethanol with petrol or else use pure ethanol.
One can also easily distinguish this bike from the regular Apache 200. There are new green graphics and the motorcycle comes only in white colour. There are green ethanol badges too. Twin disc brakes and TVS Remora tyres are being used. TVS’ website claims dual channel ABS but a report says that this one has only single channel. We did call TVS and they confirmed it indeed is the latter.
TVS aims to sell more than 1,000 units of this bike. However, as we are aware, at the moment it is very hard to find ethanol and once the sales of the same start, customers will buy this new Apache. Let us know if you will be interested in buying this TVS Apache RTR200 E100 model. Did we mention that the price is Rs 10,000 over that of the regular Apache race edition.