That electric-vehicle magnet that is Norway has attracted yet another automaker. This time, it's India-based Mahindra that is looking to bring its battery-electric Reva e2o to the country sometime soon, India's Financial Express says. Mahindra is eying the UK and Sri Lanka for new sales as well.

In order to facilitate European acceptance, Mahindra knows it has to to add some amenities to the car, which has a 62-mile single-charge range and a top speed of about 60 miles per hour. ABS, airbags and power steering are among features that the e2o may soon include. Previous versions of the model - the infamous G-Wiz - sold 1,500 units in the UK and almost 500 in Norway.

The Reva e2o, which costs the equivalent of about $11,000, went on sale in India last March. The subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, India's largest truck and tractor manufacturer, estimated at the time that it could make 30,000 of the EVs annually.

Norway is notably generous when it comes to EV incentives because of its cheap hydroelectric power. In fact, the country, which expected to dole out incentives for its first 50,000 EV buyers by 2018, may actually reach that goal by sometime next year because of higher-than-expected EV demand, The Guardian reported early last month. Free parking, a broad charging network and use of bus lanes are among the additional goodies Norway's EV drivers get from the country, where about 10 percent of new-vehicle sales are of the EV variety.


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      • 6 Months Ago
      here is a review of E2O http://www.pluginindia.com/blogs/e2o-vs-swift-alto-wagonr-i10-santro-nano
      Jared
      • 9 Months Ago
      11k for that piece of garbage? lol
        fairfireman21
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jared
        I agree. From some resurch top speed of 56 mph and a max range of 62 miles. That is also not saying that if you are rear ended by the way it looks the old saying is right "bend your knees and kiss your butt goodbye". No power steering, no airbags and no ABS, all spell COFFIN when you get hit.
          fairfireman21
          • 8 Months Ago
          @fairfireman21
          rolanie3, It is not good for the EV, which was my point to begin with. It says it has a range of 62 miles but by the time you add airbags, ABS, and other safty stuff you may be lucky to see half that 62 miles.
          rolanie3
          • 8 Months Ago
          @fairfireman21
          So you can theoretically drive for 1 hour at top speed, realistically 30 minutes... how is this good for the image of EVs??! The UK already hates the things
      offib
      • 9 Months Ago
      I can't believe I haven't noticed this earlier. The Reva e-2O is the only electric car that has a spare wheel! Literally, I could not think of another EV with a spare.
        Rotation
        • 9 Months Ago
        @offib
        There are a lot of bad roads in India, especially when you are farther from the big cities. Having a spare there is a lot more important than in Europe or the US.
        Mart
        • 9 Months Ago
        @offib
        It could be an important piece of the front crumple zone. Considering the earlier versions were classed as quadricycles, with the same levels of protection as a motorcycle, this might be a consideration. At least all 4 wheels are the same size.