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How Green is the G-Wiz i Model Electric Car?

BusinessGreen evaluates the revamped version of the tiny Indian-built, battery-powered urban runabout, asking if it adds up as green transport? Photo credit: BusinessGreen.

Published: 25-Apr-2008

According to GoinGreen, UK purveyor of the G-Wiz electric vehicle (EV), its product is an exceptionally green form of transport. The G-Wiz is a small, light and uncomplicated battery-powered runabout - requiring relatively few resources to build or to use - and can have zero CO2 emissions if drivers are willing to pay for renewable electricity. Even if standard electricity supplies are used to recharge the batteries, GoinGreen claims overall CO2 emissions of 63g/km, or about a third less than the most fuel-efficient conventional car on the UK market.

It is important to bear in mind that the G-Wiz is not actually a car, though. Its light weight means that it is officially classed as a quadricycle - a legal oddity that makes it roughly equivalent to a four-wheeled motorcycle. This categorisation means the G-Wiz is exempt from EU legislation requiring cars to have airbags, for example, or to pass crash tests. That safety shortfall may put off many buyers, but people who are happy to ride two-wheelers in cities or drive classic cars should have few qualms.

The latest G-Wiz ā€œiā€ model is in fact stronger and safer than earlier examples. New structural reinforcements have let it pass crash tests at 25mph, but it still will not offer the same protection as a new conventional car of the same price, which must pass EU impact tests at 35mph.

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