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Will the Reva make it to Australia?

Posted by Car Geek on September 6, 2007

Reva G-Wiz. Image from http://flickr.com/photos/aminorjourney/308729994/, licenced under CC 2.0. Reva may be a familiar name to avid followers of electric cars. The Indian-owned company has had success in the UK where it has sold 600 of its G-Wiz urban electric vehicles on a trial basis and is now ready to go into mass production, however its history in Australia is not so rosy. The Reva was essentially banned from Australian roads last year because it was not tested to Australian safety specifications, which can cost on the order of $300,000.

Reva might be on the way to making a comeback here, though, with a modified model that is hoped to pass government safety regulations. The new version is expected to sell for under $20,000, have a top speed of up to 80 km/h (a 15 km/h increase over the original model) and has a range of 80 km. It has previously been classified as a full-size car, but Adelaide’s Solar Shop (who hopes to import and distribute the Reva in Australia) says that it is better suited to a “quadracycle” category, under which it falls in many countries. The main stumbling block to this is that no category currently exists in Australia, and a lack of federal support means that it is not likely to change any time soon.

Reva is hoping the car will prove popular in Australia if released, as an inexpensive form of urban and suburban transportation that emits no pollution and costs approximately 1c per kilometre to run. The Reva vehicles can be charged using a standard household outlet and seat two adults and two children.

(Source: CARSGuide)

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6 Responses to “Will the Reva make it to Australia?”

  1. Womp said

    It is worth noting that the REVA (along with the Maranello 4cycle and a few others currently sold and operated in Europe) are not cars.

    In Europe they are classed as quadricycles (essentially a four-wheeled motorcycle) and in the U.S. they are classed as Neighbourhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) and limited to 25mph (40km/h) and can only be driven on certain roads.

    The obvious issue is with companies advertising them as cars (implying car-like safety) when, in fact, they are only as safe as motorcycles (with the added danger of the vehicle collapsing around you in a crash). It is disappointing that so many people are unaware of this.

  2. Nathan said

    I think Australia could certainly do with a European-style quadr(a/i)cycle category for that reason. It’s not designed to compete with the likes of the Commodore or Falcon. As important as it is to have an environmentally low-impact vehicle, safety will (and always should) come first. That said, it could be a very successful vehicle provided people know what they are purchasing when they purchase it.

  3. My friend on Facebook shared this link with me and I’m not dissapointed that I came to your blog.

  4. vivek said

    The Reva is a revolutionary car that uses electrical energy to run.This may be the future in car technology as fuels crisis that may inevitably come in the future. and the pollution factor is also worth mentioning.
    One great feature of the Reva is that it comes with on board batteries too and it can be charged in 2 modes -full battery charged mode and the quick charged mode.
    The Australian Government doesnt seem to be impressed with the safety features of the Reva.It may be ultimately be released as a quadcycle as in Germany and spain

  5. nice post my car uses water fuel as energy source here is a link to do the same: LINK

  6. Reva it’s semes to be nice

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