Third Generation G-Wiz Electric Car Takes the Road

The G-Wiz i -- based on the Indian-built Reva -- has a certified top speed of 50mph, a range of up to 48 miles per charge and improved acceleration to 30mph.

Published: 03-Jan-2008

UK electric vehicle retailer GoinGreen has announced the release of the latest incarnation of its G-Wiz range. Known as G-Wiz i, the emission free electric vehicle (EV) that has a certified top speed of 50mph, a range of up to 48 miles per charge and improved acceleration to 30mph. Extra torque enables the G-Wiz i to easily keep up with city traffic and to cope with hills, but the most attractive feature is sure to be running costs with the fuel bill for a year’s electricity costing less than the price of a tank of petrol.

The G-Wiz i is the successor to the G-Wiz dc drive released in May 2004 and the G-Wiz ac drive introduced in June 2006 and it introduces a range of improvements based on customer feedback to GoinGreen and Reva Electric Car Company (RECC), the manufacturer of the vehicle. Working with Lotus Engineering, RECC has introduced a new safety package to the G-Wiz i, which includes 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 braking performance.

The G-Wiz batteries are a "wet" lead acid type with an expected average lifetime of two to three years. A replacement pack of 8 batteries costs £1,595 and the G-Wiz i is also upgradeable to high-performance lithium-ion batteries, which are designed to increase range significantly. Fully charging the G-Wiz batteries from mains power takes 8 hours, uses 9.6kWh of electricity and costs about 50p (approx US$1), while 80% charging capacity is reached within 2.5 hours.

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