Reva Electric Car Company (RECC), Bangalore-based manufacturer of the Reva electric car, is now setting up a new assembly plant near Bangalore which will have a capacity of 30,000 units per annum. With the rise in the popularity of electric cars, RECC is committed to launching new models regularly and also hopes to increase its sales in the domestic market.
RECC’s new 18,212sq.m new production facility is being built in accordance with ‘green’ principles – the design is contemporary, energy requirements are low and the plant is being built to the ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ (LEED) building rating system standard, an internationally accepted rating system and benchmark for evaluating and certifying sustainable sites.
Apart from looking at the Indian market, RECC is in the process of expanding its dealer network in Europe, South America and various parts of Asia. The Reva is already available in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, France and Norway, while distributors in Hungary and Slovenia have also been signed up recently.
A joint venture between the Maini Group of India and AEV LLC of California, and backed by lead US investors Global Environment Fund and Draper Fisher Jurveston, RECC has been making electric cars for the last five years – well before other, mainstream car manufacturers were taking EVs seriously. The company’s recently announced new car – the Reva L-ion – is slated to go into production by May this year, and will have a range of 120km and a six-hour charging time.