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Bajaj Auto launches the world's first CNG bike, Freedom 125

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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According to Bajaj Auto, it intends to eventually begin exporting its most recent model, the Freedom 125, to six additional international markets. These nations, which have broad access to CNG, are Colombia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Peru. But the company also said that before starting exports, it will prioritize completing orders in the Indian market. The Bajaj Freedom 125, which debuted on July 5, is the world's first motorcycle to run on compressed natural gas.



One of the Freedom 125's primary characteristics is a built-in 2-kilogram CNG tank located under the 785-mm seat. According to Bajaj, this is the longest seat ever installed on a motorcycle in this market. A 2-litre spare fuel tank is also included, and it is located directly in front of the seat. The ports for CNG and gasoline refuelling use a single flap. Using a switch on the left handlebar cube, riders can alternate between running on gasoline or CNG. In addition, the top-of-the-line model has a negative LCD cluster that is equipped with Bluetooth, while the cheaper variants have a simpler LCD cluster that is not Bluetooth-enabled. 

According to Bajaj, the bike can travel up to 102 kilometres on a single kilogram of compressed natural gas (CNG). The bike can travel up to 330 kilometres when using its 200-kilometer CNG-only range, in addition to the mileage from its gasoline tank.
The motorcycle's engine is a 125-cc single-cylinder that can produce 9.4 horsepower and 9.7 Nm of torque at its maximum power. A 5-speed gearbox is linked to the engine. 

The Freedom 125 will first be produced by Bajaj Auto every month in 10,000 units, which will be first sold in Gujarat and Maharashtra. By the end of the financial year, the company hopes to increase production to 40,000 units. If this product proves successful, the manufacturer plans to add more vehicles with flexi-CNG-petrol technology, according to Executive Director Rakesh Sharma.

Speaking back to the late 1990s, Bajaj Auto offered anecdotal evidence of how Hero Honda had surpassed them to become the market leader for two-wheelers. Dealers hailed Brijmohan Lall Munjal, the then-chairman of Hero Honda, who said, showing affection for Bajaj, that they now needed to exercise caution because "the tiger is wounded."

"My message is 'Tiger Zinda Hai' after thirty years," an open-minded Bajaj stated to reporters.

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