The Indian-made G-Wiz AEV (Automatic Electric Vehicle) is manufactured by the Reva Electric Car Company which has a 15 year history of manufacturing environmentally friendly, budget electric city cars. Designed in California and followed up with development and testing in India, the tiny city car has been imported to the UK since 2003. While 1,000 have been sold (the best selling EV in the UK), car-share programs have employed the G-Wiz in large numbers to great accolades, including a two-time Best City Car award.
The new no-frills, two adult and two SMALL children 2008 G-Wiz I model offers improved performance with a top speed of 50 mph, a range of up to 48 miles, increased interior space and safety including a crash “cell” developed with automaker Lotus and continues to deliver the UK’s lowest cost, lowest emissions vehicle. Of primary concern to people when they look at city cars is the issue of safety. Reva has addressed this with the introduction of a new independently crash tested quadricycle safety package that features increased front and side impact protection, a strengthened space frame, a collapsible steering column, a hill rolling restraint feature and new front disc brakes that deliver a 30% improvement in performance. The re-engineering of safety measures result in a new cabin layout with repositioned seats and curved windshield that provides greater interior space and improved driver vision.
While performance is far down on the list of important characteristics, the new version of the G-Wiz produces 40% extra mid-range torque than its predecessor and acceleration to 30 mph that Reva reports is 60% quicker than its nearest competitor. Since comparing it to “real” cars seems silly, being the best city car is notable. As you can imagine, with a tiny turning radius, parking is also incredibly easy and stress free in congested urban centers. While many in the eco-budget crowd undoubtedly take great pleasure in denying themselves the most basic of creature comforts, the G-Wiz has a small list of options including radio/CD/mp3 player and comes available in fully recyclable body colours of marine blue, lightning silver or deep black. Cost of such indulgence (sarcasm included at no additional charge) is in the mid-9,000 British Pound range.