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GM Calls Off Partnership with India’s REVA

Strange bedfellows in the EV market.

by on Jun.01, 2010

India's REVA is developing a variety of battery-based vehicles.

Mahindra & Mahindra’s takeover of the REVA Electric Vehicle Company of Bangalore, India has prompted General Motors Corp. to withdraw from a GM India joint development project.

“GM India and Reva Electric Car Company have decided to discontinue the joint development of electric vehicle technologies for the India market.  We expect to apply the learnings from this collaboration to future product development activities to meet the varied needs of customers around the world,” GM said in a statement.

The GM-REVA partnership was set up last year and aimed at developing a low-cost electric vehicle for the emerging Indian market.  That plan was scuttled when Mahindra announced it would acquire the small battery car company, last week.  (Click Here for more on the Mahindra-REVA deal.)

However, Mahindra’s acquisition of REVA and GM’s reaction underscore the importance carmakers around the world are putting on EV technology.

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Mahindra REVA expects to use Mahindra’s vehicle development expertise, opening the door for REVA technology to be used in Mahnindra-designed vehicles, said the larger Indian maker, which has itsel delayed a long-anticipated entry into the U.S. market as it finalizes work on a pair of light truck offerings.

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