The Mahindra Reva NXR electric car has been caught testing without any camouflaging in Chennai. This is the first time the 4-seater electric car has been spotted in India, raising hopes of the car’s launch soon. Mahindra had in late 2010 indicated its intentions to launch the car in the country this year. MREV (Mahindra-Reva Electric Vehicle) will also be launching a sportier and peppier version of the model called the Reva NXG in 2013.
Motoroids has posted a video grab of a grey-coloured Reva NXR. The picture doesn’t give away too many details, though one can see it’s a right-hand-drive model, which suggests it’s meant for India. (A left-hand-drive NXR, meant for Europe, was also spotted by a Team-bhp reader in February). The Reva NXR will have improved interior space compared to previous REVA models and the back seats would comfortably seat 2 adults. Related: Mahindra Reva NXR India India launch
The car will be available with either lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries, though the latter might be produced only for export markets. The NXR with lithium ion battery will have a top speed of 104 kmph and a range of 160 kms on a single charge. It will also have a 15-minute fast-charge capability. On the other hand, the NXR with lead acid battery will have a lower top speed of 80 km/hr and a range of 80 km per charge. Charging will take 8 hours and can be done using a standard household outlet. Also read: Mahindra Reva NXG photo gallery
The NXR will feature Reva’s new REVive drive-train technology that would act like an invisible reserve fuel tank, in case the car runs out of charge. Essentially, the system places the car in “limp” mode” allowing drivers to squeeze an additional 10 km (depending on certain crucial parameters), without harming the battery pack. So once can continue driving without worrying about getting stranded.
The car will be built at the company’s new Bengaluru facility which has a capacity of 15,000 units. The company, however, plans to double production by 2013-14. Pricing is not yet available though the 20% subsidy announced by the government recently may help bring down costs. Expect the Reva NXR City (with lead acid battery pack) to be priced around Rs 6.25 lakh. Related: Electric vehicles in India get government incentives
Mahindra Reva is one of the few companies to introduce electric vehicles worldwide. Founded in 1994 as the Reva Electric Car Company, a joint venture between the Maini Group of Bangalore and AEV LLC of USA, the company was acquired by M&M in May 2010. Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles launched the Reva i in Hyderabad on November 4th, 2010. Reva i is a two seater city car and can travel up to 80 km on a single charge. It takes about 7 seconds to accelerate from zero to 40 kmph. Also read: Electric cars in India