While automotive market is moving towards Electric vehicle , now we have also making another eco friendly option as Ethanol powered vehicles. The Auto Expo 2023 saw a number of ethanol-powered bikes being showcased. From Japanese dual-sport machines to popular Indian bikes, these ethanol-powered bikes are sure to make a mark in the industry. Let’s take a look at some of the ethanol-powered bikes seen at the Auto Expo 2023.
Honda XRE300 Flex-fuel
Honda XRE300 Flex-Fuel: The Japanese dual-sport motorcycle sports a 291cc, air-/oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine pumping out 25.6PS and 27Nm. This engine can take an ethanol blend ranging between 20 to 85 percent and makes 0.2PS and 0.4Nm more than the petrol-powered counterpart.
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: The Indian bikemaker shelved the RTR 200 E100 project to make a flex-fuel version of the popular 160cc motorcycle. This bike continues to dish out the same 17.55PS and 14.73Nm as the petrol bike and runs on E20-E85 blend.
Yamaha FZ F1
Yamaha FZ-FI: Yamaha showcased its Brazil-spec FZ-FI at the Expo. Called the Fazer FZ-15 in the South American market, it can run on E20 blend and even 100 percent ethanol.
Bajaj pulsar N160 flex fuel
Bajaj Pulsar N160: The Bajaj Pulsar N160 Flex Fuel is a highly anticipated motorcycle set to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2023. This model is expected to feature a flex fuel engine that can run on both gasoline and ethanol, making it more eco-friendly and cost-effective for riders. The N160 is also rumored to have a sleek and sporty design, with advanced features such as an ABS braking system and a digital instrument cluster. This motorcycle is expected to appeal to a wide range of riders, from daily commuters to thrill-seekers. The Auto Expo 2023 will be the perfect platform for Bajaj to showcase the Pulsar N160 Flex Fuel and its capabilities.
Suzuki Gixxer 250 FFV
Suzuki Gixxer 250 FFV: The Japanese bikemaker’s stand didn’t have anything exciting, but the company had its flex-fuel-powered, quarter-litre Gixxer. Interestingly, the bike is exactly the same as the petrol-powered Gixxer 250.
Hero Glamour Xtec flex fuel
Hero Glamour XTec: Hero’s top trim of the popular Glamour too gets the flex-fuel treatment. But in its pursuit of the greener fuel, the commuter has gained weight. This one runs on E20-E85 ethanol blend.
Overall, ethanol-fueled bikes are becoming more popular, with India’s National Policy on Biofuels aiming to blend 20 percent ethanol in automotive petrol by 2025. With more of these flex-fuel bikes in the market, driving is sure to become more environment-friendly.