Expensive, yes, but the Mahindra Reva is a car that can’t be ignored. While it might be boring to look at, it is the defining Indian electric car of this era. An easy and very visible route to greenness which helps demonstrates your concern for the environment. It was nearly 15 years ago that the idea behind the Reva first originated and in 2001 the Reva became the world’s first mass produced electric car. This electric car is sold in over 26 countries and in 2009 the manufacturer launched the Reva-i which is powered by lead-acid batteries. Mahindra bought over the Bangalore based company the following year and at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo unveiled the highly anticipated Reva NXR concept electric car. Prices for the Reva-i start from Rs3,44,667 to Rs4,27,425 ex-showroom New Delhi.
Maini group, the people behind the Reva electric car, have bought over Tomcar ATV’s and now would be launching them in India. Tomcar is a company from Israel and are known to manufacture tough all-terrain vehicles. The Tomcar ATV’s would be used by the Indian Armed forces. Sandeep Maini, chairman of the Maini group, speaking at the DEFEXPO said, “We are delighted to launch the Tomcar in India. With the Indian defence, paramilitary and homeland security scouting aggressively for all-terrain vehicles, we intend to promote Tomcar amongst them as part of their modernisation drive.”
The Tomcar ATV’s could be used by the defence forces as a patrol vehicle and also for transportation duties. These versatile machines can be dropped into hostile territory by a helicopter and are designed so that they could be fixed easily. The ATV uses heavy-duty independent suspension on all four wheels and either use a 4 cylinder 1-litre petrol engine or a 1.4-litre diesel engine. Both engines use a CVT automatic transmission.
These ATV’s are designed to be rugged and dependable and the Maini Group will manufacture them at its manufacturing facility in Bangalore from where they plan to sell them internationally as well. Occupants use a four-point harness and on the fully welded tubular space frame you can put a machine gun or a grenade launcher on top of the ATV. The Tomcar is used by the British Army, the US Border Patrol and also the Israeli defense forces.
The Tomcar ATV have either a two and four seat layout and its chain-driven swing arm allows for high ground clearance. The Tomcar has been in development in Israel over the last thirty years and was originally built and designed for the Israel Defence Forces. It was made available to the public for both commercial use in 2005.
Mahindra has shown their first production ready prototype of the Reva NXR electric vehicle at the Auto Expo. Mahindra bought over Reva in 2010 and the NXR is the successor to the Reva i. The NXR EV hatch will be offered with three battery options – small, medium and large – catering to different driving ranges. There will be lithium ion and lead acid batteries but Mahindra will focus more on lithium ion variants. Mahindra has also showcased the Verito Electric but not many details are known about the sedan yet.