Reva is Fun, Easy, Good, Economical and Nature Friendly
Friend of mine Lavanya acquired a Reva last month. Since I have never driven an electric car this was my best chance. So both of us reached parking lot but unfortunately we couldn’t take it outside parking lot(that’s another story). So I decided to take it for a spin inside the parking lot itself. At first you will doubt weather this car can take two people. But then you will be amazed how comfortably it can accommodate two and still has place for some luggage at back.
As usual as soon as you enter you will search for gear level (It has seat belts) but there is none. There is a switch for Drive, Neutral, Reverse and Booster. Booster is for extra power when you want to climb, the rest are self explanatory. Driving is very, very easy. If you know to ride a bicycle then you can drive this car. Even if you don’t know to ride a bicycle you can drive this car. You just use you right leg to handle both brake and accelerator. The dashboard has regular meters cum battery level indicator. It doesn’t make any noise. It just need place of two wheelers for parking.
It can easily accommodate two normal sized humans (I mean 70Kgs and below 6ft). Absence of the engine in front means good leg space.The back seat is for kids or small luggage. The extra tyre is in the front below the hood. Don’t expect everything to be automatic. You are pretty young.
Even though I didn’t do speed test, according to the owner it can go up to 70kmph. But around 50kmph is the safe speed. It does the corners easily ( I climbed the circular ramp at good speed). The pick up is good on a normal road and it was decent on climb in regular drive (I didn’t try booster). Steering is easy and soft. There is seat belt for front seats. I am not sure about the safety features but I guess its lot better than your two wheeler.
With fully charged batteries you can go up to 80Kms. You can recharge 80% of the battery in three hrs and the rest takes another four hours. With less than a rupee per km it competes with your two wheeler. But it beats your two wheeler in price (of course higher), pollution (No direct) and safety.
Verdict: It can’t be your first car just because you can’t take it on a long drive. But if you want vehicle to drive inside the city or to go to work or your old parents to drive, then it works pretty well. Its a comfortable drive if you just want to go to office. Its is Fun, Easy, Good, Economical and Nature Friendly.
PS: Reva is from Maini, Bangalore based company.