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The Reva NXG was launched at EVS 21 in Monaco in April of 2005 by Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Science and Technology.
Reva NXG is unique in that it has advanced capabilities in terms of speed and range. It is a two-seater roadster with an extended range of 200 kilometres per charge and a speed of 120 kilometres per hour. The car is powered by a high performance 37 kW AC induction motor that drives the front wheels, and uses Sodium Nickel Chloride batteries in lieu of conventional lead acid batteries for extended life. ‘REVA-NXG’s’ 4-wheel independent suspension with integrated regenerative and hydraulic braking system provides excellent handling and braking.
The car is fitted with a “wireless tablet”, an embedded appliance made by Encore Software that integrates into a high-resolution single touch-screen display system all vehicle dashboard functions such as Speed, State-of-Charge, Range and critical sensor inputs as well as personal communication tools such as GPS-based in-vehicle navigation, a GPRS Modem for internet and e-mail, and MP3 music.
RECC $ Fuel Cell Technologies.
Reva Electric Car Company (RECC) has been working on future technologies, the Fuel cell technology is the next zero polluting and eco friendly alternate fuel solution of the future. President Abdul Kalam launched Reva's fuel cell prototype on Technology Day in July 2004.
Currently the Reva fuel cell car is a technology development and not meant for commercialization as yet. It is still at its nascent stage world over and companies are looking at solutions to make it commercially viable. Reva is one of the few manufacturers worldwide to work in this field and is joined by companies like General Motors, Honda and Toyota who have been working on this technology. In India Reva is the first company to develop Fuel Cell technology.
New Battery Technologies.
Some of the limitations in an electric car are the ‘driving range’ and the ‘refill time’. These are basically areas characterized by the ability of the batteries to ‘store’ energy and ‘recharge’.
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention.
The limitations posed by older battery technologies also offer tremendous opportunities for invention.
A lot of research all over the world is focused on alternate battery technologies for traction applications. Several promising technologies at various maturity levels are vying to become the next technology alternative.
Reva, as a frontrunner in EV technologies has also been actively involved in research and adaptation of these technologies to the EV platform.
Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer batteries represent some of the most promising developments in this area.
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