Reva: Charge your Car

When William Morrison came up with an electric car back in 1888, it wasn’t novelty. Instead, I’d term it as an unpopular invention. Today, more than a century later, when disaster is beginning to take concrete shape, his invention seems god sent. Only when the knife’s about to slit your throat does the realization strike and that is the sole reason behind the frequent appearance of electronic cars on coughing roads these days. Since the miniature and petite “Reva” is gaining popularity on Indian roads, I shall allow it to represent the others in its family. I choose to call it the “underdog”, because for me its size doesn’t do anything to undermine its mature expression.


The car is a two-door hatchback but does not compromise on comfort. These days when you have an undersized pea driving besides giant beasts, you’re clearly ruling the road. Dear driver, you will save yourself the laborious task of hurling abuses when your car allows the convenience of both, maneuvering and parking, with ease. Maruti, Hyundai and Chevrolet did the same to produce an Alto, Getz and Spark in the market. But an Electric Vehicle or an EV makes the Reva a smarter bet. Wouldn’t you rather drive to not aggravate the steady choking of the Earth’s throat? Better still, these vehicles have zero emission and are almost noiseless.


Let me now enhance your basic knowledge to make it detailed and fill you in with how the battery of an EV actually works! Heave a sigh of relief because what might look complex errand, is in reality, as easy or difficult as charging a mobile phone. Now my using “complex errand” begins to lose relevance. The tiny tot is equipped with an onboard charger which serves its purpose when plugged into a 15 amp socket. If you still haven’t crossed the wall to be convinced, let’s put some reliable facts into use. A seven hour charge gives you an excellent range of 80 km. There is also available a “quick charge mode” where after two and a half hours , an effortless drive up to 65 Kms is allowed. All this comes at a cost of consuming a mere 9 units of electricity which weighs a naught on the scale against the merits that the vehicle bestows upon the environment. If the miser in you is still cribbing, let me tell you that a friendly mathematical calculation has concluded the operating cost is ONLY a 40 Paise/kilometer!


The makers of the car deserve massive appreciation because every single problem that a customer can think of has been dealt with already. The conventional would lead one to think about the reliability of the car where the possibility of losing charge and the fear associated with it functions as an obstacle. What if I told you that, when the power pack drops down to as low as a 25% charge, not only does a warning flash but the acceleration and speed of the car gets controlled automatically to allow the passengers to reach home or the nearest charging point.


There is more. The “Reva” comes in four different models namely the Standard, the A/C, the Classe and the Special Edition. They vary with respect to features but are held by a common thread and remain united under the category of a “fuel celled car”.


I’m not saying that possessing anything except the Reva comes close to committing a sin, but in the scenario it has gained significance as a necessity. It’s technology’s gift to the intellectual customer in a situation where the rabbit is beating the tortoise in the race against a tampered environment. The small car only honks to prohibit man from meddling with nature. And I think, it’s time we start to listen!

Aditi Malhotra

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