|The Reva G-Wiz.|
The UK’s GoinGreen has introduced the first of the new, improved performance Reva G-Wiz AC drive electric cars. Launched at the British Motor Show in the summer, the G-Wiz AC replaces the current G-Wiz DC.
Cost is the same (£8,299 inc VAT), but the AC offers enhanced features including an increased top speed of 45 mph and a range of up to 48 miles under UK test conditions (40 miles on mixed roads).
GoinGreen introduced G-Wiz DC drive to London in 2004, and the car is still the only electric 2+2 seater available there. There are now more than 750 G-Wiz customers in London, including 150 of those who have already ordered the new G-Wiz AC.
The new G-Wiz AC currently uses eight 6V lead acid batteries connected in series (200 Amp-hr) but is upgradeable to high-performance lithium-ion batteries when they become available next year. Use of the li-ion batteries should increase the car’s speed to between 50-60 mph and support a range of between 60 and 70 miles. The date for introduction has not yet been finalized, nor has the cost or actual performance figures.
The new G-Wiz also features a 40% increase in mid-range torque resulting in better acceleration and hill climbing ability, a booster mode for short-term acceleration/power, a maintenance-free brushless motor providing a smoother, quieter operation, improved regenerative braking, an anti-roll bar for better handling at higher speeds and an advanced IPC (Instrument Panel Cluster) with an electronic speedometer, a trip odometer and an automatic computer-controlled indicator for power consumption and regeneration.
The standard body panels are now color impregnated without the use of paint, making them 100% recyclable. Minor scratches are easily buffed up without the need for spraying.
The G-Wiz DC drive is still available from GoinGreen, now as an entry-level model now starting at £6,999 inc VAT but with fewer features than the original DC car, representing the lowest total cost motoring available in the UK.
Manufactured by Indo-US joint venture the Reva Electric Car Company, the G-Wiz is available exclusively from GoinGreen in the UK. The G-Wiz is exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge and enjoys free parking and charging in central London, including two on-street charging points in Covent Garden, with other parking benefits throughout the city—a package worth over £8,000 per year. (Earlier post.)
|Reva G-Wiz Models|
|AC Drive||DC Drive|
|Speed||45 mph (and 40% faster acceleration)||40 mph|
|Range||48 miles (test conditions)
40 miles mixed roads
|40 miles (test conditions)|
32 miles (mixed roads)
|Upgradeable to li-ion||Yes||No|
|Hill rolling-resistance feature||Yes||No|
|Motor||AC motor||Carbon brush DC motor|