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Reva's New Plant Reveals its Green Pledge

By Motortrend India Staff   |   23 April,2009

India’s lone electric car manufacture Reva Electric Car Company is taking the green business a step further. Owing to rising demand for electric cars in India and abroad, it is setting up a new plant in Bommasandra, near Bangalore.

The founder of the company Mr. Chetan Maini has chalked out environment friendly structure for the construction of the new plant. It will use entirely natural resources like rain water, natural light, and solar power.

Explaining about the new plant, Deputy Chairman for RECC, Mr. Chetan Maini said that “While the plant won’t reach zero-pollution levels, efforts are on to reduce dependency on energy and lower emission levels. It was important to reflect Reva Group’s philosophy in every aspect of the product development.”

The company is investing Rs 6 Crore towards eco-initiatives. The company has an estimate of Rs 30 Crore for the new plant of which 20 percent of the investment or Rs 6 Crore will be for green initiatives. The plant would have energy efficient structural materials, ventilation spots on the roof, solar panels, and rainwater harvesting facilities. The plant has a production capacity of 30,000 cars annually.

The rain harvesting facility will channelize 21,500 liters of rainwater in 15 minutes and can store as much as 65,000 liters. The water will be used for washing vehicles and for horticulture around the factory. Solar panels will be used to charge the electric vehicles. A waste management system involves segregation, re-cycles and the composted waste to be used as manure for plants at the site. The company plans to use solar and battery power for generators which will cut down expenses on energy and water bills by 30 percent.

Reva Electric Car Company was set up in 1994 and has achieved 10 patents to its name. The electric car was commercially produced in 2001. The new plant will cater to both domestic and export market.

Moreover, the new plant is trying to get rating from Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), which is an internationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operations for energy saving and green buildings.

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