With the gap between diesel and petrol prices reducing rapidly, the sales of diesel powered cars is falling down. People are refraining from buying diesel powered cars at higher prices. But what about motorcycles? Diesel engines are well known for their higher torque figures and better fuel efficiency. A regular 110cc petrol powered commuter scooter delivers fuel efficiency figure of 45 kmpl. A diesel engine, with higher compression ratio, would deliver even better numbers.
Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp understood that motorcyclists need capacity and power to haul heavier loads, but they also want the vehicle to be comfortable and fuel-efficient. To deliver something that would pack the above features into one machine, the company is currently developing a diesel powered, hybrid scooter named RNT.
The RNT is powered by a high torque 150cc diesel, with optional turbocharger. You can add an oversize generator as an accessory which, along with the diesel engine, will allow you to deliver extra electrical power for work (or play) at a remote site. The optional removable LED lamp in front of the dash can be unclipped and re-aimed to light up wherever you are, so you can carry on into the night.
The high torque diesel engine will deliver the required push to carry extra load while maintaining good fuel efficiency levels. Availability of diesel would not be an issue either as this fuel is found even in the remotest areas of the country.
So is it a something that we would like to see on road? Hell yeah! With the high torque delivery and better fuel efficiency figures along with higher load carrying capacity, the Hero RNT would be an instant hit, not just in rural areas but also in the urban region.
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