Electric Cars Spark Trend in London

Many G-Wiz owners have taken a playful approach, opting to camp up the odd-looking car with funky, customized paint finishes.

Published: 24-Aug-2008

London – My first encounter with a G-Wiz was the moment I dashed across a narrow side street without looking both ways and was almost run over.

The silent, 650-kilogram electric car has taken central London more by stealth than by storm.

From that first "What on Earth was that?" moment, the G-Wiz has become a common sight as it buzzes alongside London's imposing red double-decker buses and famous black cabs. In the British capital, the G-Wiz is almost as iconic.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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