Mahindra will inaugurate the Reva plant in Bangalore on August 22, 2012. This plant will churn out 30,000 units of the Reva NXR every year.
The car is expected to be launched in India in September. It will have two power options: a lead-acid battery with 80 km range/80 kmph top speed and a lithium ion battery 160 km range/ 104 kmph top speed. The new Reva is a lot more practical than the earlier version whose appeal will extend beyond the diehard Green enthusiasts.
The car would need eight hours to be fully charged using a standard household outlet. It will feature Reva’s new REVive technology that acts like an invisible reserve fuel tank, if the car runs out of charge.
We expect the REVA to be priced in the Rs.4 lakh to Rs.5 lakh range. If it is priced wisely the Reva NXR could become popular. Mahindra Reva is probably the most popular electric car manufacturer in India. Also read: Mahindra Reva NXR electric car video review: Live from Auto Expo 2012
When it was first founded in 1994 as the Reva Electric Car Company it was part of a joint venture between the Maini Group of Bangalore and AEV LLC of USA. Mahindra acquired Reva in May 2010 and has already launched vehicles like the Reva i. The 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.
The Reva i had drawbacks when it came to practicality but the Reva NXR will be much more sensible. With a good range of 160 kms it can be used for commutes to work and back by most people.