The new, improved performance G-Wiz AC drive electric car from GoinGreen is now available for sale, for delivery in April-May, in London. The G-Wiz AC replaces the current G-Wiz DC - and costs the same, at £8,299 inc VAT (US$16,215) - but offers many enhanced and exclusive features including a class-leading increased top speed of 45 mph and a range of up to 48 miles.
The car, basically a special model of the Reva, is standard with lead-acid batteries, but is convertible to Li-ion batteries. Also new on the G-Wiz AC is optional air conditioning.
The 2 door, 2 +2 seater hatchback G-Wiz was designed in California, is manufactured by Undo-US Reva Electric Car Company and is the best selling electric car in the UK - and worldwide with over 800 G-Wiz's customers in London.
The G-Wiz AC offering a quieter, smoother ride due to the advanced ac drive technology, an anti-roll bar for improved handling, a class leading top speed of 45 mph, with improved acceleration and 40% extra torque above 20 mph (also best in class), economy and power boost modes, a range of up to 48 miles per charge, upgradeable to high performance lithium-ion batteries, advanced diagnostics and instrument panel cluster with trip odometer, maintenance free motor, central locking, front storage basket, improved regenerative braking, a hill rolling-restraint feature, a DAB CD/Radio and a range of exclusive options including climate control seats, unlimited color options and limited edition digi-wrap body liveries.
If you drive in London, the car pays for itself in about a year because of the following incentives:
• Fuel for 1.3p per mile (on average just £40 to £50 per year - that's right, a year's driving for the price of a tank of petrol).
• Exemption from road tax.
• Exemption from the London congestion charge (go in and out of the congestion zone as often as you like without having to pay - worth over £2,000 p.a. ).
• Free parking on meters and pay & display bays in Westminster and the City.
• Minimum 96% discount on central London MasterPark season tickets (just £200p.a. and worth over £6,000 p.a.), with 52 free charging points.
• Free parking in 7 city car parks (6 with free charging points).
• Group 1 insurance (fully comprehensive in London just £300 p.a. average).
• 100% Year 1 tax write down for business.
• Lowest rate of company car tax at just 9%.
I put the above in to show you the incentives that are offered in London and perhaps could be copied in the rest of the world. 45 mph with a range of 48 miles would be suitable for a second car for many short range commuters or to be used around town where you live. We are getting electric cars that are suitable for a larger and larger share of the market. I would think that this car could easily sell 100-200,000 cars a year instead of the 6,000 units it can produce now. It does have plans and financing to expand production to 50,000 cars a year, but with good marketing and some western refinements-like a bigger lithium battery pack- it could double or quadruple those sales. I would think costs could come down considerable with higher production rates.