27 Articles

Though exempt from formal crash test standards in most countries, vehicles like the electric, Indian-built Reva – sold in England as the G-Wiz – have occasionally been subjected to informal tests, and the results have raised eyebrows. Years ago, Top Gear subjected a G-Wiz to EuroNCAP crash tests to see how it would hold up. The vehicle struck a barrier at 40 miles per hour and, well, let's just say the G-Wiz nearly vanished.

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.

Giant fullsize pickup trucks that are practically capable of pulling an entire city block off its foundations are a uniquely American invention. In most other parts of the world, people somehow find a way to move oversize and overweight objects without the use of 500-plus lb-ft of torque and a bowling-pin size trailer hitch.

Earlier this week, the government in the U.K. announced a £250 million incentive program that would offer rebates of up to £5,000 for purchases of full electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Although that seems like a nice way to boost electric car sales in the UK, GoinGreen, the UK importer for the G-Wiz sounds unconvinced. The program isn't scheduled to begin until 2011, which is when vehicles like the plug-in Toyota Prius and Vauxhall Ampera (the version of the Chevy Volt that will

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

In light of reports of slow electric car sales in the UK and the NICE Car Company's collapse, the distributor of the Reva G-Wiz i, GoinGreen, wants to let everyone know that they are still around and doing just fine, thank you very much. Although their sales are about half of what they were in 2007, they are claiming "good financial health" and expect that the downturn in the economy will affect them positively since their battery-powered buggies are inexpensive to buy and operate in a British m

If you know about the Indian car maker Reva, it's probably becasue of the G-Wiz, that tiny icon of the EV scene (if you're not familiar with the G-Wiz, this is the place to start). In October, Reva's chief technology officer, Chetan Maini, told Business Green that the company hopes to ramp up production capacity to 30,000 vehicles a year. This is a tall order, as the Hindu Businessline says that Reva expects to sell just 750 cars this year. So, what's so bright on Reva's horizon that has the CTO

There's only one place to buy a new G-Wiz, the tiny electric car, in the UK: GoinGreen. To entice buyers, the retailer has just launched a dedicated insurance option for the crush-zone-free EV. With it, London G-Wiz drivers might be able to breathe a little easier as they cruise around. Benefits include a free G-Wiz if yours is in the shop, all repairs done by GoinGreen itself and "highly competitive rates." Oh, and there is only one printed document, which allows GoinGreen to call this a "truly

Click above for more images of Top Gear's crashed G-Wiz

When most people look over a Reva G-Wiz, "award-winning" isn't usually the expression that comes to mind. However, the makers of the little electric quadricycle, the Reva Electric Car Company (RECC), are now in a position to claim such an accolade. Because of their impressive sales volume, market penetration, and high customer satisfaction in the electric vehicle (EV) sector, the 2008 Frost & Sullivan European Automotive Powertrain Company of the Year award has been bestowed upon their

At first we thought somebody out there was exercising their ninja photoshop skillz but then it occurred to us that those folks would probably not be busying themselves with the likes of the G-Wiz. No, this had to be the product of a mind so sick, so twisted, that it created the original Reva G-Wiz, on which this pick-em-up truck appears to be based, to begin with. Luckily, we live in the age of the internets and after sending out a correctly formatted query down a tube, back shot the hoped-for r

Often when a product is "new and improved" the upgrades are mostly to the packaging. In the case of the Reva G-Wiz, the ever popular letter "i" added to its moniker gives us the external change while the majority of improvements lay unseen beneath the dent- and scratch-proof ABS body panels. This doesn't mean they will go unnoticed as evidenced when Danny Fleet of EV vlog, Danny's Contentment, takes us for a spin in his latest test-driving episode. He catches even the subtlest of differences lik

Reva Electric Car Company (RECC) says it will launch a new electric car by the end of the year and a new electric car (or variant) every year after that. Reva also says they have built a plant with a 33,000-unit capacity, five times their current capacity. The cars will be exported all over the world, wherever there is new interest in the environment and tax breaks, says Reva. Here is exactly what Reva's deputy chairman and chief technology officer, Chetan Kumaar Maini says:

For those of you in England who like to live small, GoingGreen is offering up special deals on the G-Wiz electric car. The UK distributor of the the Indian-built quadricycle is offering up ex-demo units for only £2,999 compared to a base price of about £6,300 for a new model without air conditioning. GoingGreen is also knocking £500 of the price of used models that they have available and giving free leather seats on the somewhat improved G-Wiz i. The deals are available while

If you've been paying any attention at all, you'll be aware that we hold the G-Wiz electric quadricycle in the same sort of "high" regard that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson does. What more can be said about a "car" that implodes in a standard crash test and goes from naught to 40mph in "quite a while"? Apparently, the Top Gear crew felt that in spite of it's "sparkling" performance racing against a table (although it did come out much worse than the table in the crash test) there was still room

The Indian-built G-Wiz has come under some scrutiny in recent months in the UK for it's apparent lack of safety. After Top Gear commissioned a standard 40 mph offset frontal crash test, people began to realize that these vehicles could have serious issues in crashes at even moderate speeds. The G-Wiz is classed as a quadri-cycle in Europe meaning that it's largely exempt from safety standards much like three-wheeled Zap Xebras are in the U.S. Unfortunately most buyers see these and other electri

Below the fold is a video of Jeremy Clarkson, of the TV show Top Gear, reviewing the all electric G-Wiz. The review of the G-Wiz starts at 2 minutes 45 seconds after Jeremy makes fun of French sport cars. Highlights from the review of the G-Wiz include a race between the G-Wiz and a table, which ends very much like Top Gear's race between Jason and the Th!nk electric car.

We don't use the word "quadricycle" around here much. But over in the UK, quardicycles are a specific vehicle type defined as "a vehicle with four wheels whose unladen mass is not more than 400kg (excluding batteries if it is an electric vehicle) and whose maximum continuous rated power does not exceed 15 kW," according to the Department for Transport. Basically, a teeny-tiny NEV (just right for Elton John).