|The new REVA NXG introduced at IAA, due for production in 2011, features a Li-ion phosphate pack. Click to enlarge.|
General Motors India and Reva Electric Car Company (REVA) have entered into a collaboration agreement to develop electric vehicles for the Indian market. The partnership will develop car platforms, electric vehicle technology and advanced control systems.
The agreement was announced jointly by Karl Slym, president and managing director, General Motors India and Chetan Maini, deputy chairman and chief technology officer, REVA. The two companies said that they began studies on the feasibility “sometime back”of GM’s vehicle platforms hosting REVA electric drivetrains and that more details on the vehicles will be coming soon.
We are pleased to join hands with REVA to bring affordable small car platform based electric vehicles to the market in line with government objectives to reduce fossil fuel dependence. GM’s ability to develop platforms and REVA’s capability in developing electric drive-trains and control systems will result in the consumer having a wider choice of EVs.
We are going to be working closely with the Central and State Governments in India to develop infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and providing specific financial benefits to consumers, who make the choice to adopt an environment-friendly mode of personal transport.—Karl Slym, President and Managing Director, GM India
Development of small electric vehicles is a growth area around the global automotive industry and we are excited that this cooperation with REVA in India will accelerate GM’s progress to meet the emerging needs in many parts of the world.—Nick Reilly, President of GM International Operations
At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), REVA unveiled two new M1 classified electric cars. (Earlier post.) The REVA NXR is a four-seat, three-door hatchback family car suitable for urban driving that can be ordered at the show, with production scheduled to commence at the beginning of 2010. The REVA NXG, due for production in 2011, is a sporty two-seater with a targa roof that was designed by Dilip Chhabria of the automotive design company DC Design.
The NXR is available in two specifications: the NXR City uses a 7.5 kWh lead acid battery pack with a 13 kW, 52 N·m AC induction motor, offering a range of 80 km (50 miles) and a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). The NXR Intercity uses a 14 kWh Li-ion battery pack and a 25 kW, 92 N·m AC induction motor, offering a range of 160 km (99 miles), and a top speed of 104 km/h (65 mph). Both models feature a 2.2 kW built-in charger with safety interlock.
The NXG features a Li-ion phosphate battery pack that support a 200 km (124 mile) range with a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). Dual charging ports support regular and fast charge, offering effective daily range of 400 km / 250 miles, given access to a fast charging station.
REVA is selling or test marketing its products in 24 countries across Europe and Asia, as well as Latin and Central America. It has the largest deployed fleet of electric cars on the market with more than 3,000 EVs on the road and more than 70 million kilometers of user experience. In recognition of its technology leadership, REVA was the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2008 Automotive Powertrain Company of the Year award.
The company is building a new ultra low carbon vehicle assembly plant in Bangalore, with a capacity of 30,000 units per year to accommodate increased production.