Electric Dreams: Taking to the Road in a G-Wiz

BBC Reporter Jane Corbin takes to the road in an electric G-Wiz car to see just how easy it is to join the green revolution.

Published: 30-Jul-2008

I first met the G-Wiz electric car in front of Ray Morrison's house.

"Winnie" is bright yellow and saves Ray, a financial advisor, £9,000 a year on his daily commute from Richmond into central London.
There is no road tax or congestion charge to pay because it has no exhaust emissions - plus Ray gets tax relief because he is self employed, and cut-price parking.

Best of all, no petrol costs made the electric car a no-brainer for a man who used to drive a BMW to work.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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