Bajaj Freedom 125: Bajaj launches world’s first CNG bike, price starts at Rs 95000, range of 330 km

Bajaj Auto has introduced the Freedom 125, the world’s first motorcycle to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). This 125cc commuter bike runs on both petrol and CNG, aiming to significantly reduce operating costs for riders in its category. Priced between ₹ 95,000 and ₹ 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom), bookings for the Freedom 125 have opened. 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, claiming a 50 per cent reduction in fuel expenses compared to its peers. Equipped with a small petrol tank and CNG cylinder, the motorcycle allows riders to switch between fuel types using a handlebar-mounted switch. The CNG cylinder, located under the petrol tank, seamlessly integrates with the bike’s design, setting itself apart from other models. The motorcycle has separate filler nozzles for CNG and petrol, catering to their different storage requirements. The petrol tank has a capacity of 2 litres, while the CNG tank has a capacity of 2 kg.

Bajaj claims that the Freedom 125 can cover up to 213 km on CNG alone, with an additional 117 km covered by the petrol tank, giving a total range of 330 km. Fuel efficiency is rated at 102 km/kg for CNG and 64 kmpl for petrol. Powered by a 125 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with fuel injection, the Freedom 125 puts out 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 rear drum brake. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.

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