Electric vehicle manufacturer, Reva Electric Car Company (REVA) has announced the European launch of its lithium-ion (li-ion) battery powered EV- the REVA L-ion. Based on the REVAi platform used in current models such as the popular G-Wiz, the REVA L-ion is the result of more than two years of testing, with a range of 120 km (75 miles) per charge and a maximum speed of 80 km (50 miles) per hour. REVA is also introducing a fast charge station capable of charging the REVA L-ion to 90 per cent in one hour.
REVA’s latest EV platform now offers an increased range, faster acceleration, shorter charging time, less energy consumption, improved cold weather performance, maintenance-free battery operation and a longer operating life. REVA has also developed a new proprietary ‘intelligent’ battery management system which the company claims can tracks the performance of each cell of the battery for uninterrupted performance. Reva’s confidence in their battery means that the EV comes with a three-year battery warranty to be provided to customers.
While electric cars are struggling to present an image of reliability and practicality, REVA believe that the new extended driving range means their vehicles will be more than able to cope with the majority of journey needs. Research conducted by Professor Julia King for 2008’s King Review of low carbon cars concludes that 93 per cent of car journeys are less than 40 kms (25 miles) and 97 per cent are less than 80 kms (50 miles). REVA’s own research in 20 cities worldwide also found that city driving and the number of short trips made is similar to the results found here in the UK. REVA conclude that the combination of increased range and speed means that the L-ion's usage could be extended to the suburbs and means that up to 95 per cent of all car journeys can be completed without the requirement to recharge.
The new REVA off-board fast charge station, which gives a 90 per cent charge in one hour, uses three-phase power. It is primarily aimed at organisations that require constant vehicle availability during the day and will be offered to purchase or lease. The REVA L-ion’s normal full charging time is six hours using ordinary mains electricity, with an 80 per cent charge taking 3.5 hours.
“With the REVAi and REVA L-ion, we are now able to offer a choice of performance options to suit commuter needs and preferences. The introduction of fast charge stations really opens up the market to reach new customers and increase the availability of EVs. Local authorities and businesses can now create the charging and parking infrastructure necessary to make zero- emission personal transport an everyday reality,” said Chetan Maini, REVA’s deputy chairman and chief technology officer.
The REVA L-ion EV and fast charge stations will be available to pre-order from REVA distributors in Norway, UK, France, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Ireland from February 2009, with the first test drive vehicles and customer deliveries commencing May 2009. Customers will have the option of outright purchase or battery leasing, with prices to be announced by the end of January. REVA’s European expansion, under the guidance of Keith Johnston, president of European operations, will continue throughout 2009, with new distributors being sought in all European countries.
REVA is also developing upgrade kits that will enable existing REVA (G-Wiz in the UK) owners with an ac motor and lead acid powertrain to upgrade to the lithium-ion powertrain later in 2009.
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Faye has been writing about cars and environmental issues since 2007. A suspected eco-warrior working on the corporate inside, Faye mainly likes the weird, quirky vehicles that show a distinct environmental advantage. Her ideal car has enough room to fit a bale of hay in the boot. When not working, she likes nothing better than to head out on her bicycle and explore the countryside.
Being the highest selling electric car at this time, this development takes the EV to the next logical level and immediately makes it more viable and workable for many more people that would not have considered the EV option hitherto.
January 07, 2009