Meet the first electric vehicle of India - Lovebird
During the early days of Indian automobiles, manufacturers experimented with various technologies. One such manufacturer debuted the Lovebird, an electric vehicle.
In 1993, the Eddy Electric series produced the Lovebird. The vehicle had first introduced at the Delhi Auto Expo. Following its release, it also received a few awards.
Eddy Current Controls (India) had created the Lovebird in collaboration with Yaskawa Electric Mfg. Company of Tokyo, Japan. The vehicle had manufactured in Chalakudy, Kerala, and Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
Features of Lovebird:
The Lovebird was a two-seater car powered by a rechargeable portable battery and a direct current electric motor. The lightweight high-tensile steel chassis and fiberglass-reinforced polyester body of the two-seater Lovebird used in its construction. The small car, which was designed for city driving, had a range of 60 kilometers on a single charge. The battery took six to eight hours to get fully charge, just like modern electric vehicles. The Lovebird was capable of navigating any incline without difficulty. Because no one had heard of lithium-ion batteries at the time, the lead-acid battery in Lovebird was the same as in other cars.
The Lovebird propelled by a direct current electric motor was made available with an electronic chopper controller that allowed for smooth speed control – it had four forward speeds and one reverse. The car's unique selling point was its portability, compactness, and low cost, and those people who had driven the electric car attested to its mobility. However, once it became clear that Lovebird was no longer commercially viable, the manufacturer was forced to stop production, most likely because the concept was ahead of its time.
Government's Reaction: End of Lovebird
Initially, the Indian government was on board and gave it the thumbs up. However, due to a great extent of low sales volumes, the manufacturer was forced to discontinue production.
The units sold for the Lovebird did not even exceed a three-digit number, which results in the government withdrawing its subsidy for purchasing an electric car, making the electric vehicle more expensive; this marked the end of India's first electric car.
Sipani, Kazah, Aravind, and Meera were among the other manufacturers in the Indian automobile market. On the other hand, the introduction of the Maruti Suzuki 800 completely transformed the Indian automobile market.
About Reva- A Revolution for India
Reva is India's success story with electric vehicles. It was born in India and now be seen on roads in 26 countries around the globe, including Europe. Mahindra purchased Chetan Maini's Bangalore-based company. The Mahindra Reva is available in Mahindra showrooms throughout India, including Kerala. It is now referring to as the Mahindra E2O.
The Reva was born in 2001, ten years after the Lovebird. The acronym Reva stands for revolutionary electric vehicle alternative. Using a standard car battery and US technology, the Reva covered 70 kilometers on a single charge. If charged for five hours, the new e2o could travel 100 kilometers. Reva has a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour.
Electric vehicles in India
Reva's eye-catching design became the face of the Electric Car in India. Even though Reva did not perform as expected, it was more than enough to spark people's interest in owning electric vehicles. The Reva was purchased by Mahindra and renamed the E2O. Manufacturers such as MG, Tata, and Hyundai are currently doing well in the electric car segment. Many new electric vehicles will expect to release in 2021 and subsequent years.
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