• Sep 7th 2009 at 12:22PM
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Reva, the Indian company that builds Jeremy Clarkson's favorite car, the G-Wiz, is preparing for its second act next week in Frankfurt. The company will unveil two new upcoming models and a new charging technology. The first of the new models is the NXR, and it is billed as a four seat hatchback "family car." Judging from the image above, it will have to be a very small family, since the NXR doesn't look any bigger than the "four seat" G-Wiz.

The second model is a two-seat, removable roof sportster called the NXG. The NXR is due to launch in various world markets for 2010 while the NXG should arrive a year later.

The new technology that Reva will announce is REVive. The company claims that this will address range anxiety by allowing customers to call or text Reva for "instant remote recharge." We're not sure how this will work, but given the trouble that AT&T has had just sending picture messages to iPhones, we'll be curious to see how Reva manages to send enough electrons to keep a car going without a plug. Let's just say we're not holding our breath on this one. Check out the complete press release after the jump, and thanks to everyone who sent this in!

[Source: Reva]


Reva Launching Two New Cars at Frankfurt

LONDON, September 7/PRNewswire/ -- At midday on Wednesday 16th September 2009 Reva Electric Car Company (REVA) will be unveiling two new M1 classified electric cars at the 63rd Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA).

The REVA NXR is a four-seat, three-door hatchback family car suitable for urban driving that can be ordered at the show, with production scheduled to commence at the beginning of 2010.

The showcar, REVA's model for 2011, is the REVA NXG; a sporty two-seater with a targa roof that was designed by Dilip Chhabria of the internationally renowned automotive design company DC Design.

Another world-first for REVA at The IAA is the launch of REVive, a technology unique to REVA that addresses 'range anxiety' and acts like an invisible reserve fuel tank. The customer just has to telephone or SMS REVA for an instant remote recharge should they run out of charge. Both the REVA NXR and the REVA NXG will feature the REVive telematics technology. Further technology and pricing announcements will be made at the IAA.

REVA's new website, Revaglobal.com, will go live at the time of the vehicle launches in Frankfurt and customers can register on the priority list for the new cars on-line.

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.

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 Hall 8, Stand D38

63rd Frankfurt International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung), 15 -27 September 2009.

Press days: 15th and 16th September

Open to the public 17th to 27th September.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The only way i can interpret this non-sence is that this car communicate throu sattellite to indicate you where to recharge with a real plug, 110, 220 or more volts. I really don't believe that they can recharge it without a plug, except if they included the gadjet i saw last year called 'surge technology' that exist and work for real, it's a self rotating electric charger that can fit in a car but it use wires inside like any electrical appliances.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This car and the G-Wiz are the worst people see in EVs. I wish more companies were producing cars like the Model S or the Leaf. We need a seamless transition in design from ICE to EV (of course an update). How do you sell cars like this to the general public. I am a EV nut but I wouldn't buy one of these.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Mark Kiernan,
        You sell cars like this to people who don't need to drive long distances or go above 35 mph, for tens of thousands of dollars less than the Model S or Leaf.

        Using a 3,500 pound fossil fuel-burning tank to carry your 200 pound ass and 20 pounds of groceries 5 miles to the store and back is a strange use of resources that we've grown used to. Choice is good.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I know that Americans tend to be huge, but this car actually comfortably fits four average-size adults. How much larger of a car do you need? Actually, I'm 6'3" and I fit fine into the predecessor, called "REVA City Car" in the non-UK markets... it's remarkably well designed (although it does look ridiculously small from the outside) and I have no reason not to believe that the NXR will be also.

      I really enjoy your site usually, and I *know* you guys are more tech-savvy than to actually think that people will be getting actual electricity sent through their cellphones. Just wait a few days for the details and you'll be quite impressed, at least if you feel that "range anxiety" is a real problem for first-time EV drivers.

      And, just so people don't catch me out like they did with that poor Honda guy the other day... I run a REVA dealership.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First up, I've seen this car in Bangalore and it is considerably larger than the 'G-Wiz'. I have sat in the back seat with four adults in the car at the same time. I'm 6' tall and it was comfortable.

      It is also a very good looking car. At present, only one photograph has been released by Reva. When you see the rest of the car when it is properly launched on the 16th September, I think many people are going to be impressed.

      Finally, this is not an NEV - it is a full car capable of normal car speeds and designed from the ground up to conform to car safety standards. In Europe, small cars account for the largest share of the private car market and in terms of size and performance, this car is compable with many other cars already on the market.

      In other words, here is a real world car that you can buy, targetted at an existing niche market that gives buyers a genuine choice. I'd say that's pretty good news.

      As for REVive, I think its a great idea. More importantly, it suggests a whole new thought process that is going on at Reva about looking at the whole electric vehicle owning experience, rather than just another electric vehicle engine management system...

      I'm looking forward to the official vehicle launch on the the 16th September to find out more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt that they have a "wireless long distance power transmitter", so its more likely that they'd tell you where the nearest recharge outlet is, or perhaps sent out someone with a truck mounted charger, or better, a tow truck!

      I can see some potential uses for a NEV like this one, but they're very limited.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I know that some states in the US have weird regulations about what they classify as NEV, but I seriously doubt this car will fall into that category (-;

        Wincros - I agree. It's extremely cool that one company has actually been making EVs for years and are already coming up with a really nice version 2 (or version 3, depending on how you look at it). Although I do indeed sell the cars (and will therefore seem incredibly bias, no matter what I say), I can say with all honesty that I love my personal REVA car. Among other things, it's the smallness that's so awesome (fits anywhere, tiny turn radius, etc.). I can't wait to see the new one in Frankfurt!
      • 6 Years Ago
      First things first. The Reva's biggest problem in home is its cost. Here(India) people accept newer technologies as long as they can save some money even though it might just be apparent when you use the car. It was originally costing about Rs.2.5L($5,000) but went above Rs.4L($8,000) as time passed. I for one believe that they would have made more in roads into the market if they had focused on cutting the costs and sourcing the batteries locally. It would have made an extremely juicy deal if they could somehow put up a car at about Rs.2L($4,000) with the original traction motors and 9KW battery Lead-Acid Battery pack. No one here bothers about safety features, no wonder we have the worlds highest accident death rates.
      Another problem with EV's here are that we dont have cheap car rentals like most countries. Maini group can make a good packaged deal with the renting companies for low cost rentals, makes things a lot easier for the buyers. If these two addressed EVs can pretty much enter mainstream here.

      Finally we need a car that looks all nice, practical value pretty much doesn't count in cars, phones or jewelery sales. People sacrifice surprisingly large amount of stuff for just a good looking car.

      About the car,
      > Like Mike says its a considerably a bigger car. Almost about twice the current one in volume. I have seen it on road here(Bangalore, India).
      > But i so hope they have gotten rid of the tube frame and adopted pressed steel as, now they have a large plant.
      > They were also talking about plonking in a Li-ion Battery, which is not manufactured any where here but must be imported from China. So if they use a Li-ion, gone are the dreams of this car coming under a sub Rs.5L($12,000). Adoption of Li-ion for now is good if you want to make a respectable EV company but bad if you want to make it your main stream sales.
      > It is supposed to have a 120+km range, expecting 160km range.
      > It will definitely have a 80+kmph top speed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why do you have to phone them? If, as they imply, they can somehow communicate with the car, why not have the car automatically ask for a remote charge when it's running low? It seems like an unnecessary step.

      But color me skeptical either way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hi Guys

      Check it out Reva Revive (tm) - combating range anxiety

      interesting Video explained the process of emergency recharging your Reva


      Steve Hollman

      • 6 Years Ago
      It is so nice to see that some people got the first generation car and looking forward to the next generation. Is there an electric car someone in the US can buy besides that rich man's sports car or a golf cart? Or is the EV just suited to large dense cities?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry for the bad english.

        The first generation G-Wiz is a golf car.

        I worked last year for a consult company that got an order too make calculations on that car to try to improve the crasch safty. Let us say that if we should have passed the basic demands in Europe we would have to redesign the whole car.

        The reason why you even could fit people in that car is that their is no deformations zones to speak of.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Useful information. Thanks.

        Your English is excellent.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it's recharging the pre-paid mileage to drive, like pre-paid mobile phone. When they says 'instant recharge,' they give you 100 miles credit. : )
      • 6 Years Ago
      David Wright (Comment 5:16PM (9/07/2009) has got it just right. The remote charge is obviously impossible using current technology so it will be equivalent to a 'reserve tank' on a motorbike.

      Presumably the default setting for the level you're allowed to discharge the battery is put in place for a good reason (to avoid damaging the battery perhaps?).

      An obvious comment would be "Why make us SMS for the reserve tank, why not just make it a big red button on the dashboard". I can think of a reason: To put you off using it too much. Make it just slightly more complicated than pressing 1 button and people will use it less. That way, they won't be constantly using the reserve tank, and consequently won't damage their batteries unless strictly necessary.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suspect something has got lost in translation, and all that's involved is that the signal or message returned to the driver or car by calling Customer Service is something that merely unlocks access to a deeper discharge than normally allowed. In other word the battery is allowed to discharge to a deeper level, in order to achieve a few more miles. Enough to reach the nearest public recharge facility. Which is fine in somewhere like London or a few other cities.
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