Video-Blog: REVA Electric Car in London

reva-electric-car-uk-01.jpgDanny Fleet is a video-blogger who's sharing his electric car ownership experience with the world on his website. He drives an Indian-made REVA, a small 2-door hatchback that can accommodate "2 adults and 2 minors" (according to REVA's FAQ) and has a range of 80 km on one charge (50 miles, the average UK commute is 8 miles/12 km), at an estimated cost of about 1 US cent per kilometer. Also from the FAQ: "Since the REVA does not have an engine, clutch or gears, or a carburetor, radiator, exhaust etc, the maintenance cost is low. Estimates show that the maintenance costs of REVA are 40 % lower than that of a small car over a 3-year ownership period [they probably took a 3-year period because that's the average life of the batteries -Ed]. REVA is the cheapest commercially produced electric car in the world." The vehicle is available in 6 cities in India and is currently exported to the UK and Malta. The REVA is also being test marketed in US, Nepal, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, Norway and China.reva-electric-car-uk-02.jpg

Here's some text excerpts from Danny's video-blog, but of course the real content is in the videos and you'll have to see them for yourself:

I'm buying an electric car and i'm planning to share the experience of ownership in a vlog. This vlog will chart the purchase and running of an electric car day to day in central London. [...]

I'm struggling to come to terms with the idea that you can park for free in central London with this car. You'll understand what I mean if you've ever had an altercation with a traffic warden here. Due to the terrorist attacks, there were 50,000 extra cyclists on the roads last Thursday, some of whom looked decidedly wobbly. I 've also heard that the second hand value on these cars is appreciating...perhaps there is an ev future after all. Click on the image to view video. [...]

Where there would normally be an engine there's a can of water. I have to remember to water the car once a week to keep the batteries in order! [...]

And we're off! I can tell you - this thing is great. This morning I got a huge thumbs up from a man at the bus stop, so apart from the occasional 'point and laugh' it seems to be pretty popular. Mind the speed limit and those terrible road humps though...


::Danny's Contentment, ::REVA, ::G-Wiz: Britain's greenest car
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