India's REVA Electric Car Is First, But Not Yet a Winner

Raymond Thibodeaux reports from Bangalore, one of India's key technology hubs, which boasts its share of firsts: the first Indian city to get electricity and the first to see a car, and the first to produce an electric car.

Published: 11-Aug-2008

As one of India's key technology hubs, the city of Bangalore boasts its share of firsts: the first Indian city to get electricity and the first to see a car. It is also the first and only Indian city to manufacture an electric car. The problem is, not many people are buying them. But industry analysts predict that situation is bound to change, especially with surging oil prices. Raymond Thibodeaux reports from Bangalore in southern India.

Anand Mahesh is a salesman for the Reva Electric Car Company, the first and only electric carmaker in India. He enjoys taking his customers on test drives on the crowded streets of Bangalore.

Reporter: Let's go head and see what it sounds like to start.
Mahesh: It's on.
Reporter: It's on? It's very quiet.
Mahesh: Of course.
Reporter: We're going into traffic. Does the horn work pretty well?
Mahesh: Of course. Do you want to try it?

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