City 2-Wheeler Running ICE on CNG Revealed

Indian motorcycle brand Bajaj Auto unveils world's first bike powered by compressed natural gas, claiming cheaper and cleaner running.

Paul Myles, European Editor

July 8, 2024

1 Min Read
Bajaj Auto Freedom CNG Bike
Bajaj Auto Freedom claims a world first.

An Indian motorcycle manufacturer unveils the world’s first city commuter with an internal-combustion engine powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Bajaj Auto reveals the Freedom 125cc bike as a way of providing cheaper and cleaner urban transport for the country's congested cities.

Indian taxis and rickshaws have been running on CNG for more than a decade in many of the larger cities where it is called 'city gas', so there exists a healthy refueling infrastructure in urban areas. The manufacturer claims CNG halves the cost of running the bikes and reduces CO2 by 25%, reports BBC News.

Freedom’s fuel tank provides a range of more than 120 miles (193 km) on just 4.4 lbs. (2 kg) of CNG. There is also an extra ‘range extender’ half-gallon gasoline tank offering a further 80 miles (129 km) where CNG is difficult to find in more rural locations.

Rakesh Sharma, executive director of Bajaj Auto, says in a statement: “Through innovation Bajaj Auto has addressed the twin challenge of reducing rising fuel costs and reducing the environmental footprint from travel.”

About the Author(s)

Paul Myles

European Editor, Informa Group

Paul Myles is an award-winning journalist based in Europe covering all aspects of the automotive industry. He has a wealth of experience in the field working at specialist, national and international levels.

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