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Kinetic ropes in Italy's Lovato to manufacture LPG-driven scooter 

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Two-wheeler major Kinetic has roped in an Italian company Lovato for sourcing technology related to LPG used as fuel for scooters.The company has developed an LPG-fuel base scooter which can use both petrol and LPG for running the vehicle.

"We have developed the LPG-run scooter but cannot introduce it in the market as Government does not allow use of this fuel for transportation purposes. We are waiting for a proper policy in this regard," Kinetic Engineering joint managing director Sulajja Firodia Motwani said here.

Kinetic is ready with the technology and willing to enter into the market whenever there were relaxations in these norms, she added.

"We have fitted the LPG kit in a 100cc scooter which could cover a distance of 100 km per kg of LPG, Motwani said.

The company has also developed an electric scooter but is awaiting some tax concessions from the Government to make it commercially viable.

"We want to keep the prices of our electric scooters at about Rs 27,000 which is notpossible and viable at the existing tax rate," she said adding that Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) was taking up the issue relating to concessions with the concerned government departments.The LPG scooter can save about 50 to 60 per cent of petrol cost and reduce maintenance cost of engine up to 30 per cent, Motwani said.

The use of the LPG also increases life of the engine, she said adding there is no need to make any changes in the carburettor.

The electric scooter has auto start and automatic gears. The vehicle will have zero emission and noise the technology being adopted will make it possible to recharge the vehicle through normal domestic plug point.Kinetic has also displayed several new motorcycles models during the ongoing Auto Expo 2000 which will be launched formally during the year.

It will introduce its Challenger motorcycle next month followed by GF-125 in March-April and GF-150 IN October-November.

The GF-series motorcycles have been developed by the company intechnical collaboration with Hyosung Corporation of South Korea.

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