In a recent interview given to Indiainfoline, Chetan Maini, CEO of Mahindra Reva, has revealed the future prospects of the Electric vehicles in India and the current standing of the Mahindra Reva EVs. According to Mr. Maini, the demand of the EVs in India has been increasing over the past few months, and Mahindra-Reva has now reached 24 countries, with over 5000 EVs on the road, that have covered more than covered 200 million km globally.
But the price of the electric vehicles is a major concern looming in the future of Reva. According to Maini "2010 and 2012, the central government used to provide an incentive of up to Rs. 1 Lakh per electric car for EV buyers. This had a favorable impact on EV sales in the country. But the subsidy was withdrawn in April 2012. This experience clearly demonstrates that there is a market for EVs in India."
However, he asserts that, "incentives in the area of R&D and Infrastructure is crucial, along with a favorable long term and stable policy. Hence the Government’s NEMMP2020 scheme has a laudable objective of providing such stability and transparency, but it is imperative that this scheme be implemented timely." All these high costs are due to the technology these cars run on.
The new Mahindra e20 comes with Electric Power Steering (EPS), driving range of 120 km, ‘Connected Car’ technology, pre-cooling the car via Smartphone App, lock/ unlock, regenerative braking, Hill Hold facility, revive function, shift to vacation mode and much more. The smartphone app made specifically for e20 can charge the car, tell you the nearest EV charging point and even the range of the car.
Not only this, the car is equipped with a feature that can transmit the performance data to the company's HQ. Each car is connected via a Sim card and the company can monitor the performance of the car. So, if any problem occurs in your car, the service engineer will automatically know the concern and help can be provided without even driver calling anyone.