It's near the end of 2012, and the Mahindra Reva NXR electric car has yet to be launched. Still, Mahindra has confirmed that the launch will be happening before the end of the year. In the meantime, take a look at the spy shot above.

The car has been spotted in India – in Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru. Engineers and testers have been working around the clock in South India to meet the deadline. It's been years in the making and is powered by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack.

"Action Kumar," a loyal reader of IndianAutosBlog, posted a comment on the page after spotting the car at a Mahindra service center in Chennai. Action said it was similar in size to the Tata Nano, and thinks its build and looks are better.

Reportedly, the Reva NXR will be renamed as E2O to align itself with traditional Mahindra models, It's said to be in the final phase of testing. The car made its public debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and was showcased at the New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year.

Special thanks to Shrawan Raja for the update and the pictures in the gallery. Raja said that Mahindra Reva has just inaugurated a new facility for manufacturing electric vehicles in Bengaluru city, situated in the state of Karnataka, India.


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      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this photo actual size? =)
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a ridiculous little vehicle by Western standards. But in India, it may well prove to be a useful contribution to providing affordable, zero-emmision transport in the narrow and often chaotic local traffic conditions.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We need electric cars desperately in India. I hope the Govt. subsidies come in faster. Irrespective of how it looks, this car marks a new green future for automobiles in India. This was the first company to have launched (albeit funny looking) two seater electric cars in the past and the first company to launch a decent electric car now. No one else has even bothered. I wish Mahindra Reva all the success.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will be shocked if this sells in India. I have been to India a couple of times on business and I just don't see the infrstructure being able to support a plugin car.
      another Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      how is it that a coal-powered car is green?
        marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @another Dan
        @ another Dan It's remarkable little steam engine allows it to travel under bridges, terrifying trolls away from their keyboards. Thereby providing a huge benefit to the environment !
      Eideard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I keep forgetting the Amurikin view of utilitarian is the only correct view. I genuflect.
        marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eideard
        @ Eideard I see you never tire of posting anti-American abuse, no matter how meaningless. The fact that a vehicle may be suitable in one location, doesn't mean it's suitable or appropriate in all locations. The REVA couldn't be registered or insured, in many countries owing to it's almost complete lack of safety requirements. Are you suggesting than safety standard be wound back after so many years of fighting to improve auto safety just to satisfy your anti-American psychosis ?
      Mladen Kalinic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugly 2.0 I'm sure they had their reasons for producing something that looks like a motorised wheelchair, but those reasons must me laughable. You would have to be a HC EV entusiast to be seen in something as deformed looking as this.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stasi school of design. Nice
      Mannu Jain
      • 2 Years Ago
      See Mahindra Quanto best compact Suv in its segment at http://info.blogarena.in/mahindra-quanto-car-specifications-and-buying-tips/