Indian Defence Scientists Upgrade Reva Electric Car with Fuel Cell

Defence Research and Development's (DRDO) Naval Material Research Laboratory added a 1.8 kW phosphoric acid fuel cell to the Reva car in addition to the battery, adding an extra 40km to its 80km battery range.

Published: 07-Jan-2007

Chidambaram -- Defence scientists have upgraded the battery-run Reva car, which could now be operated using energy-efficient fuel cells, drastically reducing fuel costs.

The eco-friendly car, built by Defence Research and Development's (DRDO) Naval Material Research Laboratory near Mumbai, when powered with the fuel cell in addition to its battery will run an extra 40 km to its 80-km run on lead acid batteries for every charge.

"Running it could cost as little as 40 paise a km," said DRDO chief M Natarajan in his address at a theme session at the ongoing 94th Indian Science Congress at the Annamalai University here.


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