GM India and Reva Join Forces for Electric Cars

General Motors India and Reva Electric Car Company today announced the signing of a new partnership to jointly develop car platforms and electric vehicle technologies for the Indian market. Earlier rumors claimed the two companies will design an electric version of the Spark but none of the two companies commented on the models to be produced by the joint venture.

"We are pleased to be joining hands with Reva, a leader in the development of electric drivetrains and control systems," said GM India President and Managing Director Karl Slym. "We will also work closely with the government of India, which has expressed a goal of reducing fossil fuel dependence, in the development of an electric vehicle infrastructure. We look forward to giving our customers a new choice of environmentally friendly products."

General Motors said production of jointly-developed projects will officially commence in 2010. The two companies have started feasibility studies of GM's small vehicle platforms to host the electric technology, so more details will most likely be announced in the upcoming months.

"We are extremely happy that we have found a partner in GM India that shares our passion for reducing carbon emissions. Reva and GM India will leverage our companies' strengths to help make India a global hub for the development and manufacture of electric vehicles and related technologies. Our unique collaboration has the potential to result in far-reaching changes for the industry," Chetan Maini, Deputy Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Reva, said.

Reva Electric Car Company, currently based in Bangalore, India, launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show the new NXR, a model that provides a range of 160 kilometers in electric mode alone.
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