GM, Reva to partner for electric car for India
General Motors Co's Indian unit said on Thursday it will partner India's Reva Electric Car Co to develop electric vehicles for the Indian market.autos Updated: Sep 24, 2009 15:14 IST
The Indian electric car maker Reva is making waves lately. First, one heard the news that Reva is launching its NXG and NXR models at the upcoming 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show (with design help from DC Designs), now one hears that General Motors India is in advanced talks with it to source the technology for its upcoming electric variant of Spark city car.
It is expected that this alliance may involve a technology partnership, though GM India has denied any such move, ‘ET Now’ claims that the American automaker intends to sell the electric variant of Spark in India and many overseas markets, and is awaiting its parent company’s approval for a 50:50 JV with the Bangalore-based car company.
Earlier, there were a lot of speculations that Reva Electric Car Company (RECC) is weighing options to license its vehicle technology to other domestic and international carmakers. The Bangalore-based automaker is currently exporting its models to 13 overseas markets including Europe and UK and plans are afoot to roll out the cars in South America and South-East Asia in the next few months. RECC is believed to be in exploratory talks with an array of mainline carmakers in India, which are interested in buying the Bangalore-based company's technology for their own products, as reported by ‘The Hindustan Times’ earlier. In Europe the REVA is available in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, France and Norway. Distributors in Hungary and Slovenia have just been signed up and a master importer/distributor is being sought for all remaining European countries.
Meanwhile, Reva is all set to unveil two new models – the Reva NXR and Reva NXG – at the upcoming 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show (FMS) later this month. Media reports claim that Chetan Kumaar Maini, deputy chairman and CTO, RECC, roped in Dilip Chhabria for the new cars’ design and styling. The pricing, technical specs and other details of the two cars have not been announced yet.
However, unconfirmed media reports suggest that the new Reva cars are expected to have lithium-ion batteries and a host of improvements over the earlier Reva car. The Reva NXR, with a range of 160km and a top speed in excess of 100km/h, is likely to go on sale in India early next year. The Reva NXG, with a range of 200km and a top speed of 130km/h, will become available by 2011.