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India to Have the Biggest Plug-in Car Plant

By Motortrend India Staff   |   25 November,2009

Reva Electric Car Company is going to be the world's biggest factory making battery-powered city commuter cars.

“It's the first attempt at mass production of a green car,” said Chetan Maini, who developed the no-clutch, no-gears Reva as head of a 75-member engineering team.

“With growing climate change awareness, I think we're at the tipping point for electric cars,” Maini told in an interview.

Chetan Maini is being successful in putting some 3,000 of the zero-polluting Maini REVAi cars on the roads in India and Britain where it is known as the G-Wiz since 2001.

In September, Reva got a big endorsement when General Motors announced it would team up with the tiny car company to develop a plug-in version of the best-selling Chevrolet Spark mini-car as the US auto giant embraces electrically powered driving. “We think their technology is the best,” said GM India president Karl Slym.

The tie-up with GM is part of a three-pronged strategy for Reva which wants to make its own cars under the Reva brand, franchise production in countries such as the United States and license the company's technology for use by global companies.

GM and Reva have promised the new electrically powered Spark mini-car will be on Indian roads in a year and they see a market later abroad.

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