Sunday, May 22, 2005

Electric Cars - REVAlation!

Electric cars are very much needed in a country like India (read that as "in a city like Chennai" :-) ). It would be awesome if this car can be mass produced in a way comparable with any other cars of today. (Reva Website : http://www.revaindia.com/)


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Reva Introduces NXG Electric City Car

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GoinGreen, a retailer of electric cars in the UK, showcased the new Reva NXG electric concept car in London. GoinGreen has been marketing another Reva EV—the G-Wiz—since May 2004.

Created by the Reva Electric Car Company (RECC) of Bangalore, India, the new NXG made its debut last week at EVS-21 in Monaco.

The two-seater is powered by a 37kW AC induction motor with 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) torque driving the front wheels. Regenerative braking recharges the sodium nickel chloride batteries during operation.

The battery pack has a capacity of 18 kWhr, and a plug-in recharge time of 6 hours.

The NXG has a range of 125 miles (200 km) per charge and a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h).

The car also features a high-resolution single touch-screen display system featuring all vehicle dashboard functions as well as personal communication tools such as a GPS navigation system, a GPRS modem for internet and email access and an MP3 music player.

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Some of the features I would like to see in a Reva cars are:
(1) Capacity to seat atleast 4 adults and a child.
(2) Price point which would be better than that of any comparable petrol(gas) run vehicles.
(3) The charge time for the batteries should be less than 15 minutes.
(4) The mileage per charge should be atleast 400km. i.e. the car should be able to travel
between cities like Chennai to Bangalore (otherwise known as a prosperous suburb of chennai ;-) ) .
(5) Space for luggage - should be able to carry 2 big suitcases (like the ones you carry on
long distance flights!)

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