• Feb 17th 2011 at 12:03PM
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With electric vehicles (EVs) like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Citroen C-Zero, Peugeot iOn and, within a few weeks' time, the Nissan Leaf hitting dealerships across the UK, Rudi Schogger, managing director of GoinGreen, has apparently decided it's time to pull the plug on the battery-powered G-Wiz. GoinGreen, the UK's exclusive importer of the G-Wiz, has confirmed, according to All Cars Electric, that it intends to cease sales of the diminutive battery-powered car this fall.

In an email addressed to current G-Wiz owners, Schogger reportedly wrote:
Dear G-Wiz lover,

I am writing to announce the sale of the last new G-Wiz out of GoinGreen until Autumn 2011, as we have come to the end of the current stock.
Sources close to GoinGreen indicate that sales of the third-generation G-Wiz have tanked and with the electric segment heating up, the less-than-spectacular G-Wiz, with its top speed of 50 miles per hour and range of 48 miles, no longer holds the distinction as one of the only battery-powered autos offered in the UK.

[Source: All Cars Electric]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well done to Going Green but old technology & style for sure. The launch & distribution in UK of cars like the MyCar & Tazzari Zero by EV Stores http://www.evstores.co.uk showed the way forward for these "quads".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will that be replaced by the new highway capable EV from Reva (NXR/NXG) ?

        • 4 Years Ago
        Not so sure. According to this, the highway-capable version may have to conform t full crash-testing and other UK car safety standards:

        "The G-Wiz is actually known as a "quadricycle" in Britain -- the contraption weighs about 880 pounds (400 kg) without the battery and produces less than 15 kW of power, so according to the European Commission, it's not a car. Although it's legal to drive a G-Wiz on any road in the United Kingdom, GoinGreen stresses that the vehicle was "designed as a low speed urban runabout and commuter car," and they "do not recommend it is used [sic] on motorways and fast roads."

        source: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/g-wiz-electric-car1.htm

        If all they did was change the body panels and the batteries, we may never see this vehicle outside of India.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good.. we don't need electric cars being synonymous with being a penalty box.

      It is bad for the image. I want electric cars to be adopted, and that starts with them looking and driving like everything else.

      There is still room for smaller cars, they just need to be done right. According to reviews i've read, this was done very very wrong..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad, and yet it was a tragic little vehicle.

      An era passes, and as the mainstream manufacturers enter the market with better funded, more advanced products the little independents will disappear.

      The EV transport market will duplicate exactly the same positions as the ICE market in time, and only the only independents to survive will be like Morgan catering to small niche markets, unprofitable for the automotive giants.

      Especially sad for those independent pioneers, like Blade Electron who produce a high quality EV product years before leaf, but will be unable to compete with volume manufacturing prices. The only hope for these enterprises is to seek niche markets.

      Still, tribute should be paid to the pioneers whose efforts motivated the politicians and power utilities to start infrastructure development.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buh-bye, you besmircher of the electric car name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And so it begins. As real practical and crash-tested EV cars enter the market, they push aside all the NEVs, quadro-cycles and strange 3-wheel electric vehicles masquerading as cars.

      Wheego Whip, you're next pal...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with Jeff. Although the car itself has always played into the hands of those who liken to sneer at the idea of electric cars, looking like it wouldn't survive outside of Toytown, its loyal owners (including TV presenter Jonathan Ross), have found them fun. And its presence has indeed been significant in prompting the provision of recharging points in parts of London. Yes it will be consigned to history (in the west at least) and replaced by 'proper' electric cars. But that's OK. It broke the ice in alerting many to the very concept of electric cars. I congratulate those who saw fit to import it and market it - and I wish them well in marketing the next generation of EVs that are now happening.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey you gotta give these guys some credit. Thanks to them there are already charge points and EV free parking spaces all over London.
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