PHOTO CAPTION: Indian actor Rahul Bose promises his next car will be four-door version of new Reva NXR electric car.

Coal, Lithium Poses Challenges for India's Electric Car Revolution

India’s top auto companies -- Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Hyundai Motor and Mahindra and Mahindra -- will unveil electric vehicles at New Delhi Auto Show.

Published: 06-Jan-2010

Twenty-four hours before the world’s most-attended auto show began, actor Rahul Bose had decided his next car: A four-door Reva NXR made in Bangalore.

“I was just waiting for the four-door version, and now it’s here,” Bose, an avid spokesman for climate-change issues, said of the latest version of India’s biggest-selling electric car.

With pressure growing globally on the automobile industry to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, it’s no coincidence that the 10th edition of India’s Auto Expo will open on Tuesday with the biggest-ever showing of electric, hybrid and hydrogen-fuelled vehicles:


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Concept model of Honda Oree electric motorcycle. Photo courtesy of Motorcycles USA.

Bart Madson discovers an ambitious student design that anticipates a motor producing 90-plus horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque and top speed near 120 mph.

Johnson Controls RE3 electric concept car interior.

RE3 electric concept car is designed to demonstrate use of different materials and flexible, novel ways of using space.


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