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NEWS: The Indians are at it again, this time with electric cars

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Indian-based carmaker Reva has revealed two new electric car concepts at the Frankfurt Motor Show that contains features that are not yet seen on current electric cars

The NXR Intercity, with NXR standing for NeXt Reva, is a four-seater hatchback that is powered by an electric motor and an advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Reva claims that the NXR has a range of 160km on a full charge and can reach a top speed of 104km/h. A full recharge takes about 8 hours, but if a rapid charger is used, that time falls to 90 minutes. A 15 minute charge will give a range of 40km.

The NXR also boasts of keyless entry, a push button ignition, and an “intelligent” digital display. There is also an advanced telematics system with “SMS alerts and commands such as distance-to-empty and time-to-full charge, remote cabin heat/cool, a monthly eco-drive check by email, service and insurance alerts, remote diagnostics and healing and REVive remote emergency charge.”

Reva’s “remote recharging system” is a roadside assistance program that allows REVive service personal to “activate a reserve amount of energy” from the batteries via telephone or text message, to allow the driver to get to a location where they can properly recharge the car.

The NXG, which stands for NeXt Generation, is a two-seat, targa-top model with a range of 200km and a top speed of 130km/h. This model will go on sale in 2011, while the NXR is expected to go on sale by early 2010.

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