Exide to Provide Batteries for REVA EV

May 15, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Exide Technologies (Princeton, NJ) has signed a $10 million agreement to be the sole lead-acid battery supplier for the Revolutionary Electric Vehicle Alternative (REVA) car-making project in Bangalore, India. REVA is a joint venture between AEVT and the Maini Group (India). The REVA car, to be launched in June 2001, is claimed to be India's first electric car. Each vehicle will be equipped with eight 6V batteries.

Exide's 3ET200 lead-acid batteries will be the exclusive power source for the REVA electric car, a small vehicle designed for navigating congested, urban streets. The batteries will be manufactured in India and distributed under the Exide Technologies' Chloride Motive Power brand. During the three-year contract, Exide will supply up to 100,000 lead-acid motive-power batteries for the project. These batteries will be manufactured at the company's facility in Gandhinagar, India and will feature Exide's tubular technology.

“We chose Exide Technologies as the primary battery supplier for the REVA project because of the company's experience in advanced battery-technology development," said Chetan Maini, managing director of the REVA Electric Car Company. “Not only do Exide's 3ET200 batteries offer excellent performance, but they'll feature in a project that attempts to create a cleaner environment in India."