Review of the Reva G-Wiz

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The Reva G-Wiz is something of an anomaly in the world of electric cars because officially it is not classed as a car but more as a motorcycle. However, it is worth noting that despite the fact it is not officially classed as a "car", according to the European Commission, it is certainly one of the more popular electric vehicles available today and has much to offer.

Neighbourhood vehicles

In many ways you can class the Reva G-Wiz as a neighbourhood vehicle because with only 15 kW of power it is not exactly the fastest electric car available today and it goes without saying that the vehicle itself is not recommended for fast roads and motorways. It is interesting to note that the two earlier versions of the G-Wiz, the G-Wiz dc and the G-Wiz ac, are no longer in production with the G-Wiz i the version available today.

Specifications of the G-Wiz

The current range of the G-Wiz is around 50 miles per battery charge and the vehicle itself has a top speed of up to 50 mph. While this is relatively slow compared to the vast majority of cars available today it is still fairly impressive when you bear in mind the limited power output from the engine. There is also the fact that many of the more urbanised areas of the world have relatively low speed limits such as London, where the average speed limit is around 40 mph within the confines of the capital.

The vehicle itself consists of eight, six volt lead acid batteries which are fairly basic when compared to the lithium ion batteries now commonplace. Passenger space for the three different variations of the G-Wiz is very similar with the ability to accommodate two adults in the front and two children in the back – although it has to be said there is not an awful lot of room in the back. It is also worth pointing out at this moment in time that safety elements of this particular car have improved dramatically since the initial offering and this is an area which has been well received by the general public.

Recharging your G-Wiz

There is much G-Wiz news around the Internet today with regards to journey times, journey distances, and recharging capabilities. It is possible to charge the battery up to 80% capacity within 2 1/2 hours, although a full charge may take anything up to 8 hours. As these vehicles were one of the first to hit the market perhaps one of the major downsides is the battery life which is anything between two and three years. This may well be one of the major drawbacks with regards to the G-Wiz as other battery types seem to hold their charge longer, recharge quicker and do not need replacing as often.

That said, if you are only travelling relatively short distances in your neighbourhood then there is no reason why the Reva G-Wiz i could not fulfil your requirements. There are many images of the G-Wiz on the Internet and indeed the G-Wiz Forum at our electricform.com website is certainly proving to be very popular.

Conclusion

While the G-Wiz is often seen as one of the more popular electric cars of the day, using European Commission guidelines it is not actually classed as a car. However, this does not take anything away from the qualities of this particular electric vehicle, its usefulness for relatively short journeys and the fact that it is still very popular today. Battery technology and engine technology may well have moved on since the original launch of the G-Wiz but the Reva Electric Car Company is constantly looking to upgrade and improve the technology within the G-Wiz and this will benefit the wider public in due course.

Looking back in years to come we may well find that the G-Wiz was one of the main reasons why electric cars, neighbourhood vehicles and the like became more popular with the wider public.