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Reva unveils variant with remote a/c

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(Left to right) Mr S.K. Maini, Chairman, Reva Electric Car Company (RECC), the Minister of State for PMO and Statistics and Programme Implementation, Mr Vijay Goel, and Mr Chetan Maini, Managing Director, RECC, at a press conference in the Capital on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI, Nov. 13

REVA Electric Car Company (RECC), manufacturers of India's first zero-polluting car, on Wednesday launched a new variant, Reva Classe, which comes with a remote-controlled air-conditioning and central locking, among other features.

Reva Classe, priced at Rs 3.18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) has been developed along with Delhi-based Subros Ltd. Says Mr Chetan Maini, Managing Director, RECC, "The air-conditioning in the Reva will run on a separate electronically-monitored motor and will not affect the speed and acceleration of the car."

The company claims this will give the car a running cost of just 40 paise a kilometre and the air-conditioning will be powered independently with no effect whatsoever on speed.

The company is targeting sales of 2,500 units during the next calendar year and production capacity will be increased to 200 units a month by May from 50 cars a month at present.

RECC has also developed the `Reva Eco' range of cars, meeting the guidelines laid down by the Non-Conventional Energy Resources Ministry.

Government departments buying the car could avail a subsidy of Rs 75,000 given by the Ministry, he said.

RECC has also inked a deal with London-based Going Green, which would market the car initially in the UK and thereafter in other parts of Europe. According to the agreement, Going Green would import 2.50 lakh units of the car over the next 10 years.

Reva has already entered markets in Nepal and Malta and is being tested in China, Hong Kong, the US and Switzerland.

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