Electric carmaker Reva Motors owned by the Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M ) corporation plans to enter with Reva electric car intro the Chinese market hoping to cash in on a rising demand for ecofriendly cars as governments push for stricter emission norms globally.
“China is one of the largest auto market and given the huge demand for eco-friendly vehicles it could generate in future, we would like to take our new cars into that market,” said Pawan Goenka, chairman, Mahindra Reva Electric.
The REVA have sold more than 3,500 vehicles worldwide by mid 2010 and is available in 24 countries.
In many countries, the Revai does not meet the criteria to qualify as a car, and fits in to other classes, such as Neighborhood Electric Vehicle in the United States and heavy quadricycle in Europe.
REVAi is a small 3-door hatchback measuring 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in) long, 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) wide and 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) high. The car can accommodate two adults in the front and two children in the rear. The back seats can fold down to provide cargo space. The maximum passenger and cargo weight is 270 kg (600 lb).
It has an AC drive system which raises the maximum speed to 80 km/h (50 mph).