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The G-Wiz, links on the web
Written on: 08 January 2008 [13:55]
registered since: 20.07.2007
I thought I add the G-Wiz to this forum too. There are now around 750 GWiz's on the road and it seems it sells well!
While many people reject the car due to its looks, it does seem to attract some out there!
If you're the owner of a G-Wiz, what made you buy it? I am curious about real-life experiences...
The G-Wiz club website can be found here:
Please report any other links so I can add them to the list. Thanks!
Written on: 29 October 2010 [15:00]
registered since: 16.01.2010
Well you've only waited (almost) three years for an answer to this thread, so I guess I ought to answer you now! I run the G-Wiz Owner's Club and I've owned and used a G-Wiz for almost five years.
It may come as a surprise to most people, but there are four different models of G-Wiz. The early ones (now called the DC-drive model) had a top speed of 40mph (65km/h) and a realistic range of 30-35 miles (45-55km). This is the most popular variant of the G-Wiz and there are over 500 on the streets of London. This is the car that caught the media attention and if you ever find yourself in the centre of London, this is the most likely version of the car you'll see.
The DC-drive model was superseded by the AC-drive model in late 2006. The AC-drive version had a higher top speed (48mph - 78km/h) and a realistic range of 35-42 miles. This model lasted only a year before being superseded again, this time by the G-Wiz i, with a top speed of 50mph (80km/h), a range of up to 48 miles (78km) and a significantly updated chassis, suspension and braking system. In effect, the G-Wiz i was a brand new model, but with the old bodyshell to cleverly disguise the fact.
Finally, in early 2009, a lithium version of the G-Wiz became available - the G-Wiz L-ion, which now sells alongside the lead acid powered G-Wiz i.
The version I have is the original one - the G-Wiz dc-drive. I use it for commuting the 11km to work and for general running around. Its a fun car to drive and around town the performance is good enough to have fun. The rear seats are definitely for young children only, but folded down, there is plenty of luggage space in the car and I have regularly carried around quite a fair bit of computer equipment in the car without a problem.
Its limitations really are when you drive out of town. On fast roads, the G-Wiz DC-drive is a bit of a liability as it is really is just a bit too slow to feel safe. Hill climbing is also poor, with the car struggling to get up hills at a reasonable speed. Later models handle this far better, being fast enough to keep up with the flow of traffic in most situations.
When we first bought the G-Wiz, we lived in a town and my wife used the car for taking the children to school and for all the regular driving needs - shopping, visiting customers (she ran her own business) and the like. We then moved to a village a few miles from town and the car became my regular vehicle for commuting to work.
Would I recommend a G-Wiz? Yes I would, but for most people I would recommend people buy the later AC-drive or 'i' models as they are vastly improved with far better performance and range. G-Wiz's are now in plentiful supply on the second hand market and you can buy an early one for just a few hundred pounds, so if you ever wanted to own an electric car but never had the money to be able to afford one, now is your opportunity to get one.
Author of the book 'Owning an Electric Car' - http://www.OwningElectricCar.com
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