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REVA to develop Electric Vehicles in Iceland

REVA, the company behind the G-Wiz, has signed an agreement with Northern Lights Energy (NLE) to jointly develop the electric vehicle market in Iceland.

NLE, the initiator of the 2012 project and provider of infrastructure and services for Electric Vehicles based in Iceland, will have exclusive distribution rights for the NXR, the new model premiered by REVA at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and consequent follow-up models, such as the sports coupé NXG, which will be launched in 2011.

The sales and marketing of the NXR will commence in the second half of 2010 and customer deliveries at the end of 2010.

REVA today has the world’s largest test fleet of electric cars, with more than 3,000 vehicles in 24 countries and more than 85 million kilometres of on-road data. The company recently announced a joint venture with General Motors India to provide the electric powertrain and energy management systems for the new Chevrolet Spark and a new 30,000 unit REVA assembly plant – expected to be one of the greenest in the world – is under construction in India.

Iceland is also being considered by REVA as a possible site for a European assembly plant. The REVA NXR is a four-seat, three-door hatchback family car suitable for urban driving. Top speed is over 60mph with a range of 100 miles per charge. If using the 90 minute fast charge (normal charging is eight hours), the REVA NXR offers an effective range of 200 miles a day. A fast charge for 15 minutes will provide a 25 miles range.

NLE is working on developing a (re)charging infrastructure system for Electric Vehicles and vehicle exchange service to support the adoption of electric vehicles in Iceland. “Iceland is an island and with its advanced electric grid technology using 100% renewable energy in electricity production is a perfect location for zero emission electric vehicles” says Gisli Gislason, the Chairman of NLE.

In addition to importing new EV models to Iceland, NLE is also working on developing systems to convert the current internal combustion engine (ICE) car fleet into Electric Cars. “We are working with a number of parties in Denmark and Finland to enable the conversion process of the current cars running in Iceland to support a swift development of the Electric Vehicle market.  The mission is to place Iceland in the forefront of countries that uses sustainable energy sources for its personal vehicle fleet, moving away from fossil fuels, saving billions of ISKs for the society and reducing the 680,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) that is annually being emitted by the personal vehicle fleet in Iceland.  This is what the Project 2012 is all about.” says Sighvatur Lárusson, the Chief Operating Officer of NLE.”

“We are very excited about the partnership with NLE. The 2012 project is one of the most ambitious yet achievable transport electrification projects in the world today and we are pleased to be able to contribute our technologies and products” said Keith Johnston, President, European Operations at REVA.