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Electric car owners to be given a boost. Reva launches new solution to stop them running out of juice. Urban driving, with all of its hills, can be a challenge for those who own an electric car in Norway. Although a flat battery works fine going downhill, that’s about it. The researchers at Reva say they now have a solution that will be comparatively inexpensive to use.“Telematic solution” The system, called “revive remote emergency charge”, was developed to combat what Reva calls “range anxiety” – i.e. drivers’ fear of running out of power mid-journey – and is to be fitted in all new “NXL” models.

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Electric car owners to be given a boost

Published on Thursday, 10th September, 2009 at 09:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Reva launches new solution to stop them running out of juice.

Electric charging station in Brazil
Electric charging station in Brazil
Photo: Andricos/Wikimedia Commons


Urban driving, with all of its hills, can be a challenge for those who own an electric car in Norway. Although a flat battery works fine going downhill, that’s about it. The researchers at Reva say they now have a solution that will be comparatively inexpensive to use.

“Telematic solution”

The system, called “revive remote emergency charge”, was developed to combat what Reva calls “range anxiety” – i.e. drivers’ fear of running out of power mid-journey – and is to be fitted in all new “NXL” models.

“We’ve been selling electric cars in Europe since 2005. Our research has shown that this is a big issue, and can act as a barrier to purchasing one,” Keith Johnston, Reva’s president of European operations tells The Foreigner.

If you’ve ignored the car’s digital display that tells you how much further you can go before the battery goes flat, all you need is a mobile phone.

“Customers can either SMS or phone our call-centre operator who will access the car remotely, and within a few minutes, we can supply them with a few extra kilometres,” he says.

This should be enough to get you to the nearest charging-station – except in Rogaland, perhaps.

Go the distance

Although one full charge is estimated to allow the car to travel up to 160 kilometres, enough for about 97 percent of all car journeys according to Johnston, he warns the solution should only be used as an exception.

“You can’t just drive the car in to the ground. If you keep running out of power, you damage the lithium battery.”

At approximately 56,000 kroner a throw, replacing it isn’t cheap.



Published on Thursday, 10th September, 2009 at 09:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: reva, electric, car, charge, up, mobile, phone, sms, extra, power.





  
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