Three Wheelers are largely used as commercial vehicles, used to carry passengers and goods. They have bi-fuel engine, working either on CNG or LPG and petrol for limphome. They have TMC brake system and anti-dive front suspension. They are provided with remote location gas filling and oil pumps drive extracted from clutch shaft. It is safe on road and low on maintenance and highly economical. They are also cleaner for the environment and convenient. There is an efficient battery charging also provided along with safety measures in case of brake failure. They have got good after sales service. Because of the bifuel mode, one can run the vehicle in a number of ways, thereby making maintenance convenient. Bajaj three wheelers, Piaggio van are some of the brands who make vehicles in this category.
It comes in two specifications- Ape Xtra BSII engine and Ape Xtra BSIII engine. The BS II engine is a single cylinder, air cooled one. Its displacement is 395cc and compression ratio is 18:1 and maximum torque is 16.7NM at 7200rpm. The maximum power it can exhibit is 7.38 bhp at 600rpm.
For BS III, the displacement is 436cc and the maximum torque displayed is 18Nm at 2200 rpm and its compression ratio is 18:1. They are mostly used to carry goods. The maintenance is low cost and there are many service centres located through India.
Antidive front suspension TMC brake system Stylish tell-tale indicators on the dash board Powerful 100 watts magneto Petrol mode also provided
Advantage : Reduce the nose diving tendency during breaking and provides more driving comfort on rough roads Provide safety incase of the brake failed Easy indication of petrol/gas mode, high beam, neutral gear & battery charging. Provides efficient battery charging Limp home facility
Piaggio Ape City powered by the 4 stroke, naturally aspirated engine with 395cc engine displacement. It can makes 5.52 KW @ 3600 rpm power and 16.7nm @ 2400-2200rpm torque on ride. The engine features Wet multi disc type clutch. The quality vehicle have 20% Gradeability & 165mm clearance.
The engine mated with 4 speed manual gears transmission. The Piaggio Ape City have Driver +3 passengers seating capacity. For safety equipped with Hydraulic telescopic front suspension and Mechanical a" hand operated brakes. The vehicle uses Handle bar type steering also.