Will Reva's New Electric Cars Be Manufactured in Update New York?

Early and maybe 'over-eager' report sees India electric car maker cutting deal to build cars in Onondaga County, reports Jim Motavalli.

Published: 23-Sep-2009

India’s Reva Electric Car Company may be planning to build a multimillion-dollar auto plant in upstate New York. According to a perhap overeager report in Syracuse’s Post-Standard, the deal includes both state and federal incentives and is in its final negotiating phase.

Amazingly enough, because Reva has delivered some 2,000 battery cars it is the global frontrunner at the moment. Although its bare-bones two-seat EV (marketed as the G-Wiz in Britain and the Reva in India) is not very good (see my test drive, in Iceland…), it is inexpensive ($6,000 to $8,000) and available—and ideal for avoiding London’s onerous $8 a day congestion charge (it’s even higher for gas guzzlers).

Encouraging initial sales led Reva to announce last February that it would double production and build a new factory in Bangalore with capacity to produce 30,000 cars annually. The company also upped the ante at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week with two new, more attractive and presumably more credible EVs, the four-seat hatchback NXR, and a two-seat sports car called the NXG (for 2011). It’s the NXR that would be built in Syracuse or its environs.

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