First test drive of Reva NXR electric car TeamBHP

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First test drive of NXR electric car

The car is very good A couple of days before the NXR, I drove a Ford Ka it’s a similar sized car to the and in Europe the base model Ka sells for about the same as the REVA NXR City. The idea of the Ford Ka was simple — I to see if the NXR could compete with a car from a mainstream manufacturer, when the environmental benefits of electric were ignored.

I the Ford Ka small and cramped. six foot tall (180cm) and not get comfortable in the front seats, and sit in the back at all without having my on one side. Boot space was and the quality of the interior was nothing The front seats were not supportive and the rear seats even worse.

On the positive the doors closed with a ‘thunk’.

The NXR really is a fantastic car don’t think of it as an improved it is a completely new vehicle which takes Reva into the market. The styling looks and the car is certainly very eye-catching you see it in the flesh.

For a start, unlike the G-Wiz, the NXR is a proper car with twin and M1 certified safety features It is a high quality product and it throughout. When I saw the prototype in March in Bangalore I was impressed what I saw, but the car that presented at the motorshow is head and above what I saw then.

In to the Ford KA, the Reva NXR was definately spacious. More leg and head in both the front and the back of the although shoulder room was more limited — but by no than a couple of centimetres. The fit and of the interior was as good as the Ka and the choice of and switchgear was better — the wheel, indicator stalks, the and the gearknob felt like quality rather than the feel to the Ford equivalents.

The REVA NXR has a digital dashboard. I to be honest and say I’ve never a fan of digital dashboards before: me old fashioned, but I like the dials and and things going round. The digital dashboard is very however.

It is nicely laid out all the information clearly laid out and to read. I have to say I liked it, I wasn’t really expecting. In an car where you may want to display all of different information at different a digital dashboard really make sense.

It was pointed out to me by from Reva that into the back of the NXR wasn’t easy for a large adult me. However, it is no worse than the Ka or Fiat 500 and once you are inside, is plenty of space to sit. In you can easily get four adults inside an NXR and I must admit I feel it was too difficult to get into or out of

Fit and finish on the NXR was a vast improvement on the and was comparable to the Ford Ka. Whilst the didn’t have quite the satisfactory ‘thunk’ sound you closed them, they not far off — and I am told there be further improvements to the door before the car goes into

The quality of the bodywork was generally good, my only comment is there was a very slight in the gel coating around one of the ‘C’ at the rear of the car. Again, is something that should be before the car goes into

The show car had a sample solar fitted. This will be an on production models which be capable of providing around 150 of power (peak) per hour enough to provide 2-3 extra of range for every hour the car is in the sunshine in the summer months.

I had the opportunity to try out the NXR for myself. Reva had a car hidden away in the basement. At stage, they are not letting loose on the car as they are still some final improvements to the car it is production ready.

So far only Reva agents had the chance to drive the car and I was one of the first to get to try the car for myself.

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First impressions of behind the driving seat very positive. The car feels solid and substantial. All round is excellent, including behind the kick-down at the bottom of the rear helps when maneuvering the

You start the car by pressing a start and switching the gear knob to The gear knob uses the concept as with the G-Wiz, the knob itself is a much quality unit with a smooth feel to it.

Performance a standing start was very the car accelerating very quietly and The car absorbs the bumps very and the car is very easy to drive without any dramas. I drove a tight 90° bend at around without any problems at all — if have tried that in my I think I’d have it!

Brakes are also strong and and the car feels solid and unstressed at all The steering feels very and confidence inspiring although it was out to me that the steering could be as being too heavy. Personally I feel that, but apparently on the production cars will be


Turning circle, as with the is superb — you can turn the car very easily in a very amount of space: tight to make a London Taxi like a barge.

I came feeling very impressed Reva has produced an electric car really can be compared favourably a car from a mainstream manufacturer: the environmental credentials, the Reva NXR can be to a similarly priced Ford Ka and a strong case for itself.

After the show, I went to a garage and looked at a Fiat 500 and a Panda. The NXR has more interior and more boot space a Fiat 500, and more space than a Fiat with a comparably sized Whilst the Fiat 500 undoubtedly has the jazzy interior, the NXR certainly favourably with the interior of the

Incidentally, whilst I was at the Frankfurt Show, I had the opportunity to interview Maini, the CTO of Reva, about the new Here is a link to the the YouTube

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