GM has ended its partnership with Indian company Reva Electric Car Co., whereby the latter would help the former produce electric cars. GM has decided to make their electric car operation a Motown exclusive affair. The move comes after Mahindra & Mahindra has agreed to buy a 55 percent controlling stake in Reva.
GM India, which had originally planned an electric version of the Chevy Spark to be marketed in the country, will instead showcase the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid in Q4 2010. It is still unknown as to when there will be a full-fledged presence of electric vehicles in the Indian market.
According to GM insiders, a decision was reached about two months ago; GM had a parallel program by which they will develop electric cars on a global scale. The company had announced in January a plan to build a $246 million facility in which to build electric motors.
GM’s joint venture with Chinese company SAIC Motor Corp. will commence with the launching of small commercial vehicles late next year, with passenger vehicles to follow the year after.
– By: Stephen Calogera
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