Reva’s NXR is a significant improvement over its predecessor. Now, it needs the right kind of push — like country-wide charging infrastructure — to make it a viable alternative.
Gone is the quaint, fragile-looking machine, gingerly weaving its way in between lumbering SUVs and smoke-belching buses. The NXR, which is the next generation Reva — India’s indigenously-produced, all-electric car brand — is scheduled to hit the roads sometime around October this year and comes across, more or less, as just another small car.
It’s much more than that, of course. The next-gen baby of Chetan Maini, Reva’s founder and current chief technology officer, has features that allow solar charging of its lithium ion batteries, is more efficient and powerful than the existing model, seats 4 adults (2 more than its predecessor) and is capable of delivering a range of 100 km per charge and a top speed of approx. 104 km/hr. It also has 10 on-board computers and a host of electronics to run the car, although Maini declined to be specific about those for now, saying it was too close to the launch.
Apparently, the battery of the car is powerful enough to power a house with a TV, two fans and two lights for a day when there is a power failure. Plus, its operating and maintenance costs are exceedingly low.
Maini feels that about 10 per cent of the total car market in India would comprise of electric cars by 2020. The total car market is expected to be in the range of at least six-seven million vehicles by then. He is confident of selling at least 6,000 cars per annum, starting from next year. If Reva succeeds with the NXR, it is assured of being a dominant player in the market by then.
About Mahindra Reva
Founded in 1994, the REVA Electric Car Company (RECC) was launched as a joint venture between the Maini Group of Bangalore and AEV LLC of USA. With global patents in energy management, remote diagnostics and battery management to their credit, the company unveiled the two-seater REVA electric vehicle in Bangalore in 2001.
In May 2010, the company was acquired by the US $15.4 billion Mahindra Group and rechristened Mahindra REVA Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd.
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