What is delaying the 2012 Mahindra Reva NXR electric car?
A common sight in Bangalore is the uncamouflaged versions of the Mahindra Reva NXR doing the testing rounds. The 2012 Mahindra Reva NXR was also showcased at this year’s Indian Auto Expo. Back then, Mahindra told us that the Reva NXR would be launched in the next few months. We’re about 8 months into the year and there’s still no sight of the Reva NXR’s launch. We did dig around to find out what is stopping Mahindra Reva from launching this four seat electric car, when it seems like the car is production ready, going by the uncamouflaged models on Bangalore roads, and this is what we found out.
The Indian government had a subsidy program for electric vehicles manufactured in the country. This subsidy which was offered by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) made the Reva cheaper by about INR 90,000. The subsidy was withdrawn earlier this year to make way for a new policy called National Mission for Electric Mobility 2020 was to come into force by July 2012. This subsidy program has not yet been put into force and that is said to be a major reason for Mahindra-Reva to go slow on the launch of the Reva NXR.
That said, Mahindra Reva plans to launch the NXR electric car during the festive season of Dusshera-Diwali. Now, if the launch happens before the new subsidy program kicking in, it would mean that the electric car would be costlier by up to 1 lakh rupees, which is quite sizeable indeed. So, that is the main reason why Mahindra has been delaying the launch of the Reva NXR thus far. The Reva NXR is the latest electric car in the Mahindra-Reva range and comes with many improvements that is expected to make it an ideal city runabout.
The Reva NXR will feature lithium ion batteries and will be capable of seating four adults. The car is much bigger than the Reva-i model and this gives the NXR a better presence on city streets as opposed to the golf cart like size of the Reva-i. The Reva NXR will deliver a range of 160 kilometers for every full charge of its battery stack and will be capable of a top speed of 105 Kph. Due to the much improved performance over the Reva-i both in terms of top speed and range, the Reva NXR is expected to be a much better option for folks looking for a highly economical, electric city hatchback.