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Bajaj Freedom, world's 1st CNG bike, launched in India: Price, feature, mileage and more

Bajaj Auto launches the world's first CNG-powered motorcycle, the Bajaj Freedom 125, allowing riders to switch between petrol and CNG with a button. This innovation could lead to reduced fuel costs and emissions, setting a new standard in the industry.

Bajaj asserts that the Freedom 125 can cover up to 213 km on CNG alone, with an additional 117 km provided by the petrol tank, totaling a range of 330 km. (Bajaj Auto)Premium
Bajaj asserts that the Freedom 125 can cover up to 213 km on CNG alone, with an additional 117 km provided by the petrol tank, totaling a range of 330 km. (Bajaj Auto)

Bajaj Auto has introduced the Freedom 125, marking the debut of the world’s first motorcycle to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This 125 cc commuter bike operates on both petrol and CNG, aiming to significantly lower operational costs for riders in its category. Priced between 95,000 and 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom), bookings for the Freedom 125 have commenced today. The initial rollout will be in Gujarat and Maharashtra, with plans to export to markets including Egypt, Tanzania, Peru, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.

The Freedom 125 is designed for cost-conscious consumers, boasting a 50 percent reduction in fuel expenses compared to its peers. Equipped with a small petrol tank and a CNG cylinder, the motorcycle allows riders to switch between fuel types using a handlebar-mounted switch. The CNG cylinder, positioned under the petrol tank, integrates seamlessly with the bike’s design, distinguishing itself subtly from other models. The motorcycle features separate filler nozzles for CNG and petrol, catering to their distinct storage requirements. The petrol tank holds 2 liters, while the CNG tank has a capacity of 2 kg.

Bajaj asserts that the Freedom 125 can cover up to 213 km on CNG alone, with an additional 117 km provided by the petrol tank, totaling a range of 330 km. The fuel efficiency is rated at 102 km/kg for CNG and 64 km/l for petrol.

Powered by a 125 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with fuel injection, the Freedom 125 delivers 9.4 bhp and 9.7 Nm of torque. The bike features telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock, with braking handled by a front disc and a rear drum brake. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Stylistically, the Freedom 125 adopts a modern-retro aesthetic with a round headlamp featuring a DRL. The bike’s design includes a flat seat, a wide handlebar, and center-set foot pegs for a neutral riding position. The semi-digital instrument cluster displays various indicators, such as a low CNG alert and a neutral gear indicator.

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Published: 05 Jul 2024, 02:29 PM IST
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