first REVA prototype was ready in mid 1996, after which it was tested
extensively at the Automobile Research Association of India (ARAI),
Pune, for homologation and was certified
for road-worthiness. The REVA prototypes have further undergone
extensive road testing in USA and India successfully.
the support of the MNES (Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources)
RECC carried out intensive Vehicle Testing on Reva Pre-Production
Models. 40 Pre-Production Model Reva's were tested for over one
million kilometers equivalent to driving around the Globe 25 times.
understand the effect of harsh road conditions on its structural
integrity Reva was put through the unique Shaker test, which it
has completed successfully at the ARAI, Pune. During this test Reva
was mounted on 4 posts which were moved independently simulating
various road conditions over a cycle of 2,00,000 Kilometers.
unique road conditions coupled with high summer heat, humidity,
monsoons and major fluctuations in supply voltage, REVA was tested
on Indian roads in actual conditions.
EVs have a limited driving range, non-accelerated endurance
testing is often time consuming. To overcome
this problem, a unique automated system with a tethered vehicle
was developed. The vehicle is driven unmanned on a test track with
power supplied to it via a cable. The entire test operation is computer
controlled and runs 24 hours a day on a varying speed profile. The
track includes bumps, potholes and a water trough with 45 centimeters
addition to this some further test were conducted on individual
components like power pack, battery's suspension transmission etc
to ensure a high component reliability