Monday, January 08, 2007

REVA. The electriCity Car

The blog world was buzzing yesterday about GM's latest electric concept car Volt, unveiled at the Detroit international auto show. WorldChanging has an excellent review here

Anyway...that is not what this post is about. This is about "REVA, The electriCity Car". India's version of the electric car. It has been getting a lot of press. It attracted a $20 million venture capital investment recently. Forbes calls it an "exotic car".

I am a little embarrassed to know about all this, this late.


The company claims that it can go upto 80KM on a single charge. The operational cost is said to be 1/10th that of a conventional Petrol (Gasoline) car. Dealer and service networks available in Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune.

Can this be India's answer to zero emission and oil independence?

Here is a thought.....What if the car comes with a collapsible solar cell array? Even better if the car is painted with embedded solar cells. Plug into the Sun when you are parked.

5 comments:

Alex said...

Well, this is welcome. If the company could increase the number of seats, then it will definitely be more cheaper and environmentally efficient.

gineesha said...

That is really cool! I see the ads are not showing the male figure - are they focusing on the independent women? I guess I like that.

One More Reason said...

Alex,

I am not sure of the reasoning behind the two door design. I am guessing it has something to do with overall weight of the car. The battery used is lead acid and not the leading edge Lithium kind. Making the car bigger might seriously impact the driving range.

gineesha,
Yes. Independent women(& men). Small family living in the city.

alex said...

Oh. Alright. Bigger ones are prone to come up in the future.

Anonymous said...

The Rev is a great little car, but unfortunately like all electric cars, the Australian government is deliberately blocking their import to protect the local oil industry.

http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/make-electric-cars-available-in-australia.html