• Jan 6th 2010 at 6:08PM
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The Reva NXG concept car looks aggressive, like it wants to hunt down anyone who says that all electric cars needs to look silly. The Chevrolet Spark concept, too, looks pretty darn good for a little car. The two companies are working together on an all-electric car for the Indian market and it was revealed at the New Delhi Auto Show this week. Sadly, the look of the car is a big bag of yawn.

The car in question is the Chevrolet e-Spark, and it would be India's first four-door electric vehicle. The outside is simply the standard Indian-spec Spark, but Reva's EV powertrain sits underhood. Detailed information on this car is scarce, but we hear it will have both regular drive and boost modes as well as regenerative brakes. There might also be an option to get the car with either lead acid or lithium-ion batteries. Production should start sometime this year

[Source: Bikencar | Live Images: Shrawan Raja]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Why is it they can offer an EV in India, but not in the US?

      We've become used to receiving technology that is less advanced to that offered in Europe, but now the US market has to resign itself to receiving technology less advanced than that offered in the (rapidly) developing world?
        • 8 Months Ago
        In all fairness... these car's certainly won't be cutting-edge technology, as evidenced by the fact that the base model will run lead-acid batteries. They'll probably offer basic safety and comfort that's a step up from tuk-tuks, mopeds and NEVs, but I doubt they'll be anything close to the minimum standards we're used to in the western world.

        And on the Europe vs. US thing... you'll get the Volt first, stop complaining ;)
      • 8 Months Ago
      Have to wonder about price here. Bet this wont go for the usual huge huge huge huge electric vehicle markup unless they plan on selling zero vehicles.

      Give me a 50 mile range electric car for £5000 (even that would be astronomical in India!) and I'd be first in line to buy it.
        • 8 Months Ago
        The Reva EVs to be sold in the US are going to be priced from $17-23K...hence why Chevy is using their powertrain.
      • 8 Months Ago
      No matter what the cost I like to think of it this way. Todays new cars are tommorows used cars. Get electric cars of all types on the road as fast as possible. Don't worry how much it costs, someone can always afford to be first in line.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hey, look, it's the 2010 Geo Metro.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'd drive one... as long as they make those silver space boots and accessory!
      • 8 Months Ago
      its electric dude, no yawning, looks yummy to me!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Price is the key issue. A smarter bet is just to offer a Tato Nan style vehicle, but with the key additional factor of full flex fuel capability. As a lush tropical country, India can grow sugarcane and other ethanol crops cheaply. Even better, with full flex fuel, the car could use methanol with an M, which is very cheap. At the height of the last gas price spike, with gas prices hitting $4 a gallon in the US, methanol was selling for 80 cents, $1.60 in energy-equivalent terms. Slashing the fuel price in HALF would be a huge boon, and a huge selling point, for entry level Indian buyers.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Of course it has regenerative breaking. Its almost free on vehicles with electric powertrains, and its where a substantial majority of the range is obtained - by canceling out the power spent during acceleration, you basically only pay for rolling resistance (and parasitic losses). Detailing it would be like specifying, for a gas engine, "And it comes with electronic fuel injection!"

      Just sayin'.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Regenerative is most helpful in urban areas or heavy traffic. On the freeway with light traffic it only helps when descending large hills.

        Yes all electric cars will have regenerative braking because it is cheaper to implement than the extra batteries required without it. More significant range improvements can be achieved by reducing aerodynamic resistance.
        • 8 Months Ago
        regenerative braking only adds a little to the range. maybe 10% and mostly in city. on highway it adds nothing. low weight and actual aerodynamics is far better. you can double/triple the range that way
      • 8 Months Ago
      I wonder how much making the EV1 would cost? They already have the designs, plans, and road testing done. Computers are smaller and they could probably make an EV2 for less than $25k. Then again, if they made an inexpensive car that worked well, didn't need gas, and lasted a long time (no rust), they would go out of business in 20 years.

      I would drive this car here in the US. It looks pretty good. Just throw the Volt's battery pack in it, a normal electric motor, and a charge controller and sell it. It might not be for everyone, but if it was a reasonable price, it would sell.
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