Reva Electric Car Company, manufacturers of the most highest selling electric vehicle to date, will next week be announcing two new models to their range of electric vehicles at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The REVA NXR, pictured above, is a four-seat, three-door hatchback family car suitable for that is suited to urban driving. The REVA NXG will be a sporty two-seater with a targa roof.
Its great to see REVA innovating and producing new electric vehicle technology. Its clear that they have taken on board some of the criticisms of their current offering, the G-Whiz. For example the new NXR model looks a lot sturdier than the G-Whiz, which failed various safety tests and had to be labelled as a ‘quadracycle’ in the UK in order to circumvent safety regulations. Another criticism was the limited range, which REVA have responded to with the announcement of their new remote recharging technology, REVive, although the details of how this works are still unclear.
To date, REVA have managed to combine good technology with a low price which has led to great success with the G-Whiz. Its been quite a hit in European cities where its compact size helps it fit in and is now a common sight in places like London where it now enjoys on-street charging posts. This strong technology and low price has led to REVA putting 3,000 EVs on the road and gaining more than 70 million kilometres of user experience.
The company is building a new factory in Bangalore with a capacity of 30,000 per annum to cope with its increasing demand, which sure is a great sign for the EV industry as a whole.
If a driver of one these new vehicles should run out of juice on the road they can make one call or SMS to REVA and they will implement the REVive technology, which is said to provide an instant remote power boost. Wireless charging has been a fierce area of research for a long time and unless REVA have really developed some kind of revolutionary technology, we think this must work by activating some kind of backup battery in the car that is only accessible by themselves.