By EV World
Okay, the G-Wiz isn't an Aston Martin. It's a re-badged Reva electric car manufactured in Bangalore, India.
Its mission isn't to enable James Bond to elude terrorists bent on the destruction of the planet, but to fight global warming, traffic congestion, air and noise pollution all the while paying for itself in a year's time. At £6,999 ($14,000US) for the DC motor version, Going Green, the company that sells and leases the car in England, calculates the car could save a Londoner as much as £8000 annually.
Admittedly, the car has its shortcomings: top speed is 40 mph, range is about 40 miles, space is limited two adults and two very small children (and that's a squeeze) as you'll see in this obliquely complementary YouTube video produced by Channel 5's Fifth Gear program in the UK.
The Going Green web site lists a host of perks for cars like the G-Wiz:
- Average "fuel" costs of £40 to £50 per year
- Exemption from road tax
- Exemption from London congestion charge
- Free parking in Westminster and City of London proper
- Free parking and charging in Covent Garden
- Discount on MasterPark season ticket
- Free parking in 7 City of London car parks
- Discounted car insurance
- 100% year one tax write down
- 9% company car tax
Given these perks, it's little wonder why not only 850 people are operating the little electric car in and around London, but even the cheeky Fifth Gear presenter and G-Wiz test driver Tim Lovejoy considered ordering one. Vicki Butler-Henderson is the co-host in the video.
Full vehicle specifications for both the DC drive and AC drive models.
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