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GoinGreen, the UK distributor of Reva's G-Wiz, has announced prices and specifications of the tiny quadricycle with upgraded lithium ion batteries. The good news: the new model has a range of up to 75 miles, up from 48 in the older, non-li-ion version. Both models sport a 51 mph top speed, but the new lithium-powered version costs almost twice as much as the standard one: base prices start at £15,795 and £7,995, respectively. The li-ion version will also be available with an optional fast charge unit and uses about 20 percent less energy to charge. See more differences between the two models in this spec sheet. If you have a non-li-ion G-Wiz, GoinGreen will offer to convert your car to the new powertrain. Price TBA.

GoingGreen claims that this car is "the world's first mainstream electric vehicle powered by lithium-ion battery technology." Well, that's kind of bold. Is the G-Wiz more "mainstream" than a Tesla Roadster because of the price? Delivery of the G-Wiz L-ion will commence in May. More details after the jump.


[Source: GoinGreen]



PRESS RELEASE:

75 MILES WITH THE G-WIZ L-ION

GoinGreen, the retailer of the UK's best selling electric vehicle, the REVA G-Wiz, announces the specification and price structure of its much-awaited G-Wiz L-ion, the world's first mainstream electric vehicle powered by lithium-ion battery technology. The G-Wiz L-ion is now available to order for delivery in May. With an extended range of up to 75 miles, the G-Wiz L-ion is suitable for 97% of all car journeys without the need to recharge. GoinGreen is also introducing an off-board fast charge station capable of a 90% G-Wiz L-ion charge in one hour and a complete charge in 1.5 hours.

Based on the current G-Wiz i platform, the G-Wiz L-ion incorporates new technologies for safety and performance, key points include; increased range and acceleration, improved charging efficiency with approximately 20% less energy required per charge, reduced charging times both with normal charging – down to six hours - and off-board fast charging, maintenance-free battery operation with no watering or equalisation required and better all-round weather performance. The G-Wiz L-ion also comes with a full three-year battery warranty ensuring trouble-free servicing for L-ion owners and further establishing G-Wiz as the cheapest city motoring available. The top speed has been capped at 51 mph, sufficient for the G-Wiz's urban usage.

Steve Hartridge, managing director of GoinGreen says, 'With the ongoing technology race to bring lithium-ion powered vehicles to market, GoinGreen is proud to be the first in the UK to offer a mainstream affordable vehicle. The extended range and enhanced battery life really does make the G-Wiz L-ion the ideal vehicle for city commuting. The new battery technology also means that the G-Wiz L-ion is 15% lighter than previous G-Wiz versions, improving its acceleration and manoeuvrability. It is cheap to run, very nippy, great fun to drive and best of all, is zero-emissions'.

The new G-Wiz L-ion is available to order now and the price begins at £15,795. Deliveries will commence in May 2009 and the lead-time for orders will be around 14 weeks. For existing owners of a G-Wiz ac drive or G-Wiz i, there is the possibility of upgrading their vehicles to the new lithium-ion technology. Initially this upgrade will only be available to a limited number to vehicles and price is to be confirmed.

GoinGreen is the creator of the UK carbon-neutral automotive market and according to Newsweek (25/2/08), is 'the largest zero-emissions auto distributor on the planet today'. There are now nearly 1,000 G-Wiz on the roads and there is a strong used approved market. Since GoinGreen introduced the G-Wiz to London in 2004, more than 1,300 people have experienced G-Wiz driving.

The 2 + 2-seater G-Wiz is exempt from the London Congestion Charge and road tax (VED), is in insurance Group 1 (the lowest), costs about 1.5p a mile to run and benefits from free parking and recharging in the City of Westminster (which now has over 60 recharging points) with many other boroughs now also installing recharging points and offering incentives for EV owners. There is an increasing number of recharging points in commercial locations too, such as Westfield London, which has 30. The G-Wiz is sold via GoinGreen's website where customers can book a test drive online. The company has a team of engineers based at its Southall headquarters for full after-sales maintenance and for time-poor customers it also offers mobile servicing at the customer's home or office. www.goingreen.co.uk

March 2009


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      harlanx6
      • 2 Months Ago
      Too small, not enough range.
      • 2 Months Ago
      useless vehicle. How is a family of 4 going to utilize that? Also, what single hipster, or young couple is going to buy that garbage?

        • 2 Months Ago
        Just because a vehicle doesn't fit your narrow definition of an ideal vehicle does not mean it's garbage or useless.

        A lot of guys with families of four sit in their car all by themselves as they drive back and forth to work, these same families also have second cars in case the whole family needs to go somewhere.

        And, I might add, this car does have four seats if you needed to pick up an unexpected passenger or two. They would not be able stretch out as if in a Barcalounger, but that is not what this car is designed for.
        • 2 Months Ago
        my narrow view? It's called target market, and this car has the smallest target market ever. They are never going to make money on it, because it is built to be a useless car. If this company was truly trying to make money, and to clean our air, then they would produce a car that had a wider target market, so more cars would sell, and thus there would be less pollution, and ta da real change regarding greenhouse gas emissions.

        Just like when I asked Mountain Equipment Co-op to start selling in the suburban area's and possibly malls. MEC is a company that specializes in high quality, eco friendly casual and outer wear clothing, out door equipent and most other camping stuff. They think that by keeping their location in a down town area, they are encouraging people to avoid urban sprawl. I was pointing out that if they had more satellite branches, that they could sell more sustainable, and fair trade clothing to more people, and thus further fuelling industry change. If they became more popular, then their competitors would also start producing fair trade sustainably made products, and further the industry change that we are trying to see.

        But no, they talked down to me like I was a child who couldn't posibly understand what their true goals were. I know what their goals are, keep the green movement contained, keep it small, keep it under control.

        So this goes for you too. These kind of cars push down the positive view of electric cars to the population. They make people not take the industry seriously, and thus keep average people, who are the ones who need to reduce CO2 emissions, driving crappy old tech cars and trucks. We need change, we need 4 door mid size electric cars that are affordable and well made. We need fully electric trucks so people who need to haul for a living will have a non polluting option. What we don't need is more 2 seater tinker toys that only a very very small niche market wants, and thus wont make a difference in the world.
      • 2 Months Ago
      sounds like a large mark up to me , with lithium costing
      at the moment around $500 dollars a Kwh in small quantitys,
      I guess this car cannot have more than 8Kwh !
        • 2 Months Ago
        UK£ 15 795 = 23 266.035 US$ so they can spend more than 4grand on the battery. My guess is that they need closer to 16kwh to get a range of 75 miles. The volt uses a 16kwh battery to get a range of 40 miles, but this car is much smaller and lighter than the volt.
        • 2 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Actually the Volt only uses about 8kWh (probably will need more like 10kWh in reality and b/c the middle SOC holds more energy, it'll probably get more than 8kWh) of it's 16kWh. The planned state of charge is between 80-30% for battery longevity and also to leave a healthy margin for sudden power demands by the motor. The full range of state of charge can get around 80 miles (optimistically, in reality more like 60-65 for a car the weight of a Volt).

        The previous G-wiz went 48 miles on 9.66kWh. That's 15.1kWh for 75 miles. It agrees with your guess and the ideal numbers for the Volt (since the G-wiz is much lighter this is expected).