That electric-vehicle magnet that is Norway has attracted yet another automaker. This time, it's India-based Mahindra that is looking to bring its battery-electric Reva e2o to the country sometime soon, India's Financial Express says. Mahindra is eying the UK and Sri Lanka for new sales as well.
In order to facilitate European acceptance, Mahindra knows it has to to add some amenities to the car, which has a 62-mile single-charge range and a top speed of about 60 miles per hour. ABS, airbags and power steering are among features that the e2o may soon include. Previous versions of the model - the infamous G-Wiz - sold 1,500 units in the UK and almost 500 in Norway.
The Reva e2o, which costs the equivalent of about $11,000, went on sale in India last March. The subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, India's largest truck and tractor manufacturer, estimated at the time that it could make 30,000 of the EVs annually.
Norway is notably generous when it comes to EV incentives because of its cheap hydroelectric power. In fact, the country, which expected to dole out incentives for its first 50,000 EV buyers by 2018, may actually reach that goal by sometime next year because of higher-than-expected EV demand, The Guardian reported early last month. Free parking, a broad charging network and use of bus lanes are among the additional goodies Norway's EV drivers get from the country, where about 10 percent of new-vehicle sales are of the EV variety.