Frankfurt Preview: Reva NXG electric vehicle

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

If you've been wanting to get an electric car but are hesitating due to its known mediocre performance, take a look at the 2011 Reva NXG, which has a maximum speed of 80mph, can travel 125 miles per charge, and seats two underneath a removal targa top. We can't help but compare it to the Smart car.

Designing the car is Dilip Chabria of DC Design who also worked on the Aston Martin Vanquish, the Rolls-Royce Coupe concept and the two-door Porsche Cayenne. If for some reason, the charge runs out, the NXG has a feature that enables owners to call or text for an emergency recharge.

The feature is aptly called "REVive" and while it's unlikely that electricity could be transmitted wirelessly over cell phone signals, many believe that control centers can remotely enable vehicles to access a reserve charge level that shouldn't be used too often for fear of shortening the battery's service life.

There has been no announcement of what type of batteries the NXG will use. But there have been hints given out that there will be dual charge ports that are designed to accept standard charging or a one hour fast charge.

The soon to be available REVA NXR electric vehicle is a three-door, four-seater hatchback that is designed and made for drivers living in the urban setting. Its max range and top speed are just ideal for urban driving.

This M1 category family car could go as fast as 104 km/h (65 mph) and could travel as far as 160 km (100 miles) on a single charge. By using the 90-minute fast charge, an owner could give his or her REVA NXR an effective range of 320km a day. A 15-minute charge, meanwhile, will allow the REVA NXR to travel up to 40 km (25 mile) before running out of power. Normal charging for the REVA NXR is eight hours.

As expected of electric cars, the REVA NXR boasts of an array of technological features that enhances interior comfort and convenience. For instance, the REVA NXR is provided with keyless entry and operation, intelligent digital display and dual charge ports. It is also provided with a range of telematics including SMS alerts and commands like distance-to-empty and time-to-full charge, remote diagnostics and healing, remote cabin heat/cool, service and insurance alerts, and a monthly eco-drive check by e-mail.

Moreover, the EV features REVA-exclusive REVive remote emergency charge which acts like an invisible reserve fuel tank. This feature only works when the REVA NXR runs out of charge. When that happens, customers can call or send an SMS to REVA's customer support center.

Then this advanced telematics system will remotely assess the NXR's batteries and then activate a reserve amount of energy. This should revive the NXR and allow it to cover a few extra kilometers. This is expected to be enough for the driver to drive home or go to a place where the batteries of the NXR can be recharged.

The batteries, of course, affect the price of the REVA NXR, along with taxes charged and subsidies offered by respective European countries. Upon ordering, REVA will allow customers to choose whether to purchase the NXR and its batteries together or separately.

If the customer chooses to purchase separately, a lower amount would be paid for the NXR batteries on a monthly basis as part of the monthly mobility fee. This fee could also include telematics, electricity, and other services. The lithium-ion NXR Intercity version, excluding batteries, will have an average price of around EUR14,995 in Europe.

On the other hand, the REVA NXR City, featuring lead acid batteries, could be availed with a small monthly mobility fee as well as a price starting from EUR9,995. REVA NXR City could go as fast as 80 km/h (50 mph) and travel as far as 80 km (50 mile) on a single charge.

Chetan Maini, deputy chairman and chief technology officer of REVA, described the NXR as a stylish city car packed with user-friendly technology. He remarked that those interested could now order the NXR with production set to commence early next year. On the other hand, REVA is also offering the new 2011 REVA NXG two-door, two-seater sporty car. This M1 category car featuring a targa top is much faster than the NXR with a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph).

Styled by Dilip Chhabria, the NXG also has a higher range than the NXR at 200 km (125 miles) per charge. Using the 90-minute fast charge, the NXG has an effective range of 400 km (250 miles) a day. It features the same telematics as the REVA NXR, including REVive. Interested buyers in Europe could avail of the NXG, excluding batteries, from EUR23,000 plus a monthly mobility fee. Both the NXR and NXG were unveiled by REVA at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).

Press Release

Price Announced of the New REVA NXR - an Electric Car That Can Be Ordered Today

63rd Frankfurt International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) -- Today sees the world launch of the REVA NXR (NeXt Reva), a new lithium-ion powered electric car from REVA Electric Car Company (REVA), which is scheduled to go into production early 2010. Also being unveiled for the first time is REVA's showcar, the REVA NXG (NeXt Generation), which is the company's 2011 model.

REVA NXR is an M1 category three-door, four-seater hatchback family car that is suitable for urban driving. Top speed is 104 kph (65 mph) with a range of 160 kms (100 miles) per charge. If using the 90 minute fast charge (normal charging is eight hours), the REVA NXR offers an effective range of 320km a day. A fast charge for 15 minutes will provide a 40 km (25 mile) range.

The REVA NXR has keyless entry and operation, dual charge ports, intelligent digital display and a range of telematics. These include 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. REVive is exclusive to REVA and acts like an invisible reserve fuel tank and addresses 'range anxiety'. If a customer runs out of charge, they can telephone or SMS REVA's customer support centre. The advanced telematics feature will assess the car's batteries remotely and activate a reserve amount of energy while protecting the battery life. Within minutes, a few extra kilometres of range are made available via the telematics and the driver can continue home or to a place where the NXR can be charged.

Prices of the NXR will vary across Europe depending on taxes and subsidies. Customers will be offered the option of purchasing the car and batteries separately, or at an all-inclusive price. If bought separately, the benefit will be a lower purchase price, with the batteries paid for on a monthly basis - just like petrol - as part of a monthly mobility fee, which could also include electricity, telematics and other services. Average prices in Europe, excluding batteries, will be around 14,995 euros for the lithium-ion NXR Intercity version. The REVA NXR City, with lead acid batteries that has an 80 km (50 mile) range and a speed of 80 kph (50 mph) is also available from 9,995 euros and a small monthly mobility fee.

Chetan Maini, deputy chairman and chief technology officer of REVA said today; "The NXR is a stylish city car packed full of user-friendly technology. You can order one from today and production will start early next year, so you can be one of the first to own the latest generation of electric cars."

Styled by Dilip Chhabria, the REVA NXG is an M1 category, two-door, two-seater car with a targa top. The REVA NXG has a range of 200km (125 miles) per charge and a top speed of 130 kph (80 miles per hour). It features the same telematics as the REVA NXR, including REVive and, using the fast charge, it has an effective range of 400 kms (250 miles) a day. This showcar, the REVA NXG, is REVA's 2011 model and its first showing is at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Pricing in Europe excluding batteries is from 23,000 euros plus a monthly mobility fee.

REVA is committed to mitigating climate change with the creation of ultra low carbon cars - it has only ever made EVs. Every REVA NXR and REVA NXG will be Born Green, meaning they will have one of the lowest dust-to-dirt carbon footprints of any car in mass production. The REVA NXR has been designed to use approximately 80% fewer parts than a conventional or hybrid car and will be assembled in REVA's new ultra low-carbon assembly plant in Bangalore powered by solar energy and using natural light and ventilation and rainwater harvesting. Preparations have begun to create a 'second life' for the lithium batteries to optimise energy efficiency and reduce the cost to consumers via the creation of guaranteed residual values. From 2010 REVA will publish the carbon emissions for the assembly and lifetime operation of both these new cars and by this environmental disclosure, customers can make an informed buying decision.

REVA's new website,, launches the same time as the new cars and customers can register their interest in either vehicle on the online priority list from today by paying a refundable 500 euro fee.

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