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GM India & Reva collaborate to develop electric vehicles for Indian market Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Friday, 25 September 2009
New Delhi: General Motors India has announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Reva Electric Car Company (REVA) to develop electric vehicles for the Indian market. Both companies, in partnership mode, will develop car platforms, electric vehicle technology and advanced control systems.

Stating that the development of small electric vehicles was a growth area around the global automotive industry, Nick Reilly , President of GM International Operations, said that this cooperation with REVA in India will accelerate GM's progress to meet the emerging needs in many parts of the world.

"GM’s ability to develop platforms and REVA’s capability in developing electric drive-trains and control systems will result in, the consumer having a wider choice of EVs. We are going to be working closely with the Central and State Governments in India to develop infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and providing specific financial benefits to consumers, who make the choice to adopt an environment-friendly mode of personal transport," said Karl Slym, President and Managing Director, GM India.

Both companies have already begun feasibility studies of GM's vehicle platforms to host the electric technology and are expected to announce more details about the vehicles soon.

"This unique collaboration symbolizes a global trendsetter for partnerships that will result in far reaching changes in the industry. Each of the partners will use its strengths, with the aim of making India a global hub for the development and manufacture of electric vehicles and related technologies," said Chetan Maini, Deputy Chairman and CTO, Reva Electric Car Company.

Karl Slym said that the collaboration to bring affordable small car platform based electric vehicles to the market was in line with government objectives to reduce fossil fuel dependence.

"GM is pursuing several energy alternatives and advanced technology options to meet the varied needs of customers around the world. GM believes that electrically driven vehicles, based on battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology, offer the best long-term solution for providing sustainable personal transportation," said Nick Reilly.

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