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Reva NXR

electric car is the replacement for the G-Wiz.

The G-Wiz
comes in for a lot of criticism for how it looks, so REVA must be hoping that
the design of the NXR is more acceptable – but it still looks a little quirky
to us, especially when compared to the forthcoming batch of electric cars from the major manufacturers. Also, slightly worringly, REVA NXR apparently stands for NeXt Reva.

is a three-door, four-seater hatchback family car that’s designed for urban
driving. Top speed is 65 mph with a range of 100 miles per charge.

charging is eight hours but a fast charge for 15 minutes will provide a 25 mile

It comes with
a new lithium-ion battery and is scheduled to go into production in early 2010.

It’s equipped
with keyless entry and operation, dual charge ports, intelligent digital
display and a range of telematics. These include SMS alerts and commands such
as distance-to-empty and time-to-full charge, remote cabin heat/cool, a monthly
eco-drive check by email, service and insurance alerts, remote diagnostics and
healing and REVive remote emergency charge.

REVive is
exclusive to REVA and acts like an invisible reserve fuel tank and addresses
‘range anxiety’. If a customer runs out of charge, they can telephone or SMS
REVA’s customer support centre. The advanced telematics feature will assess the
car’s batteries remotely and activate a reserve amount of energy while
protecting the battery life. Within minutes, a few extra kilometres of range
are made available via the telematics and the driver can continue home or to a
place where the NXR can be charged.

Prices of the
NXR will vary across Europe depending on taxes and subsidies. Customers will be
offered the option of purchasing the car and batteries separately, or at an
all-inclusive price. If bought separately, the benefit will be a lower purchase
price, with the batteries paid for on a monthly basis – just like petrol – as
part of a monthly mobility fee, which could also include electricity,
telematics and other services.

prices in Europe, excluding batteries, will be around 14,995 euros for the
lithium-ion NXR Intercity version. The REVA NXR City, with lead acid batteries
that has an 50 mile range and a speed of 50 mph is also available from 9,995
euros and a small monthly mobility fee.

Also being
unveiled for the first time at Frankfurt is REVA’s showcar, the REVA NXG (NeXt
Generation), which is the company’s 2011 model.

The company
is building a new ultra low carbon vehicle assembly plant in Bangalore, with a
capacity of 30,000 units per annum, to accommodate increased production.