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Electric Cars Reva NXR and Reva NXG

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reva-nxr-nxg-pr-fountainThe REVA NXR (NeXt Reva) is a new lithium-ion powered electric car from REVA Electric Car Company, which is scheduled to go into production early 2010. The REVA NXR and REVA NXG were launched at Frankfurt International Motor Show on 16th September 2009. The REVA NXG (NeXt Generation), REVA’s showcar, is the company’s 2011 model. REVA NXR is an M1 category three-door, four-seater hatchback family car that is suitable for urban driving. Top speed is 104 kph (65 mph) with a range of 160 kms (100 miles) per charge. If using the 90 minute fast charge (normal charging is eight hours), the REVA NXR offers an effective range of 320km a day. A fast charge for 15 minutes will provide a 40 km (25 mile) range.

REVA

REVA is the brand of the Reva Electric Car Company, a Bangalore-based company formed as a joint venture between Maini Group of India and AEV LLC of California and backed by US investors Global Environment Fund and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Today, REVA is selling, or being test marketed, in 24 countries worldwide and has the largest deployed fleet of electric cars on the market with over 3,000 EVs on the road and more than 70 million kilometres of user experience. REVA’s business model includes: electric vehicle design, development and manufacture, electric vehicle technology licensing and electric vehicle manufacturing franchising. REVA develops all key technologies including energy management, fast-charge and telematics systems in-house. European distribution is in the following countries: Norway, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Hungary, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece with other distributors being appointed over the next few months.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 and is planning to introduce even more measures to ensue that it has the cleanest and greenest production.

REVA NXR

The REVA NXR has 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.

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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. Average 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 80 km (50 mile) range and a speed of 80 kph (50 mph) is also available from 9,995 euros and a small monthly mobility fee.

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Chetan Maini, deputy chairman and chief technology officer of REVA said today; “The NXR is a stylish city car packed full of user-friendly technology. You can order one from today and production will start early next year, so you can be one of the first to own the latest generation of electric cars.”

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Reva NXR driving in front

Specifications REVA NXR Li-Ion

Energy Usage 140 Wh/mile
Weight 1874 lbs
Range 100 miles
Power 25 kW
Torque 92Nm
Battery capacity 72V, 14 kWh
Battery type Lithium-ion
Fast Charge 90 minutes
Normal Charge 8 hr
Top Speed 65 mph
Price 14,995 euro (excluding batteries)
Available 2010

REVA NXG

Styled by Dilip Chhabria, the REVA NXG is a M1 category, two-door, two-seater car with a targa top. The REVA NXG has a range of 200km (125 miles) per charge and a top speed of 130 kph (80 miles per hour). It features the same telematics as the REVA NXR, including REVive and, using the fast charge, it has an effective range of 400 kms (250 miles) a day. This showcar, the REVA NXG, is REVA’s 2011 model and its first showing is at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Pricing in Europe excluding batteries is from 23,000 euros plus a monthly mobility fee.

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Specifications REVA NXG

Energy Usage ? Wh/km
Weight ? lbs
Range 125 miles
Power ? kW
Battery capacity ? kWh
Battery type Lithium-ion Phosphate
Top Speed 80 mph
Price 23,000 euros (excluding batteries)
Available 2011

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Dust-to-dirt

‘Dust-to-dirt’ is a term used for the complete lifecycle of a car from the carbon emissions generated in the parts manufacture, assembly, operation and disposal / recycling of a REVA electric car. This is a commitment and the beginning of the process that will take time to determine, starting with the assembly and operation and then extending down the supply chain to tier 1 suppliers and up to second life / end of life. REVA is committed to mitigating climate change with the creation of ultra low carbon cars – it has only ever made EVs. Every REVA NXR and REVA NXG will be Born Green, meaning they will have one of the lowest dust-to-dirt carbon footprints of any car in mass production. The REVA NXR has been designed to use approximately 80% fewer parts than a conventional or hybrid car and will be assembled in REVA’s new ultra low-carbon assembly plant in Bangalore powered by solar energy and using natural light and ventilation and rainwater harvesting. Preparations have begun to create a ‘second life’ for the lithium batteries to optimise energy efficiency and reduce the cost to consumers via the creation of guaranteed residual values. From 2010 REVA will publish the carbon emissions for the assembly and lifetime operation of both these new cars and by this environmental disclosure, customers can make an informed buying decision.

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Range anxiety

Range anxiety is the fear that one day you’re going to find yourself somewhere that is too far from your home (so you can’t just go back and plug in), yet far from known charging stations, or if you are close, you just don’t have the time in your schedule to stop for a long time to allow the battery to recharge. REVive addresses ‘range anxiety’. The amount of reserve energy in a battery depends on several parameters including the temperature, usage (that day and historically) and the age of the batteries. The REVA support centre assesses information from the car via telematics (information and communication technology) to calculate the amount of reserve energy available for that particular car. Then, within a few minutes the digital display will indicate ‘Revive’ and the ‘distance to empty’ gauge will display the additional amount of range available and the driver can continue their journey.

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Reva NXG driving in front

Videos


REVA NXR electric car – first test drive


A Glance at Reva New models NXR & NXG


World Launch of REVA NXR


World Launch of Reva NXG


REVA Revive: Remote Emergency charge

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4 Responses to “Electric Cars Reva NXR and Reva NXG”

  1. Pickup trucks Says:

    Reva is Eco-friendly car & which helps to environment. In future, this cars getting more demanded, because fuel is big problems are today.

  2. Mack trucks Says:

    REVA is designed to be unique and stands out on the road as a genuine city car with a mature expression. The advanced technologies used, make it highly differentiated and superior to other makes. It has all the inherent benefits of an Electric Car and is indeed a revelation in city mobility.

  3. ali Says:

    Amazing looks….. great stylish car … when are a guys launching this car in pakistan….

    one thing i dont understand with marketing and advertising of Electric cars is that…. why Nissan leaf and Reva are not focusing on Running Cost of Electric cars…. i mean electric cars can save humanity from Bankruptcy…. 1 cent per mile to drive is a hell of a deal… rather than gasoline cars where ppl. are spending almost $500 to $700 a month just to get one place to next…

  4. Honda atvs Says:

    Reva is one of best electric car in India. But all electric cars doesn’t suit for long distance. Because its running on batteries, which is limit of driving distance.

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