Mahindra & Mahindra will launch their Reva NXR compact electric car sometime in April 2012. The car will also be on display at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The NXR will better the present Reva by offering more leg room in the rear.
The Reva NXR is going to be a 4-seater car and has been designed by celebrated Indian car designer Dilip Chabbria. The Reva NXR will likely have a boot of around 150 litres and there are speculations that it may even get a hatch as well.
Looks and features
The Reva NXR is much better looking than its predecessor and sports sharp lines all across its body. The Design is simple yet attractive and the car has a cute appeal overall.
The Reva is expected to come with features like AC, power windows, power steering, a 12 V power socket and audio player with speakers. The car will feature the new Revive technology that acts like a reserve fuel tank, if the drivers run out of charge. Read about other Mahindra cars to be showcased at the Auto Expo here.
Engine and specifications
The Reva NXR will likely be launched in two variants; a lead-acid battery variant that will have a range of 80 km per charge and a maximum speed of 80 kmph and a lithium ion battery variant. As per Mahindra the range of the lithium ion battery powered Reva will be 160 km per charge and its top speed will be 104 kmph. Both the cars will require an eight hour charging period to get completely charged using a standard household outlet.
The price of the Reva NXR will be roughly Rs. 6 lakh. However we expect government subsidies on the electric cars which may reduce its price substantially. We had earlier quoted Rajan Wadhera, Chief Executive of Technology at Mahindra & Mahindra saying that they were at the final stages of development and that the car would be ready for launch within six months.
The NXR was spotted testing in India back in March 2011 and now that its launch is certain we can only hope that the ever rising fuel prices coupled with other factors help Mahindra popularize this electric small car.