The India-based electric vehicle company Mahindra is finally planning on releasing its follow-up to the Reva EV, released all the way back in 1994. And from the looks of it, the company is expecting large sales. It just recently opened up a new factory in Bangalore that will be able to produce up to 30,000 cars a year.
The name of the new electric car is the E2O, quite a different ring to it than the Reva EV.
The E2O will be chargeable with a 15-amp plug and, according to Mahindra, has a range of around 62 miles on a full charge. The exact release date isn’t yet known, but it’s expected to be very soon.
“Mahindra is launching the electric vehicle as the Indian government pushes for more electric-drive vehicles as a way to reduce pollution,” Autoblog Green writes. “The government has said it would like six million EVs to have been sold in India by 2020. For now, though, EV adoption there has been slow. Just 2,500 Reva EVs have sold since 1994, a rate that is well, well below Mahindra’s new factory capacity.”
Partly this is due to how unreliable much of India’s electrical grid is. Power outages are regular occurrences in many places, so those looking for something more reliable tend to go gas-powered. Just last July, “about 600 million people had to deal with two-day blackouts throughout the country.”
Of course there is an easy way around this, small-scale renewable energy development. One of the best qualities of renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind is that they can deployed on a very small-scale, making their users independent from the larger grid. And also contributing less to many of the worst effects of the power sources regularly used in the region, such as deforestation. The ease of deployment, when combined with the significant monetary savings, make small-scale renewable energy technologies a very smart choice in areas with undeveloped and unreliable grids. And also a natural fit and complement to electric vehicles.