The Reva G-Wiz – and About Time, Too

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Electric cars.

Humph.

Now, we love the idea – in fact, it’s a necessity. Weaning the world off the “Ëœinfernal’ combustion engine is something that will have to be faced, and best sooner rather than later. With 500 million cars on the roads with a growth rate of double the world’s population, some would argue that our obsession with the automobile is driving our planet into the ground.

The fact is, we need fewer cars – and we need better cars. In terms of the luxury end of the market, it’s the early days. Recycled vegetable oil as (free!) fuel still needs to get some big-name sponsorship to capture the public imagination. Luxury solar-powered vehicles are still in their infancy. And electric cars?

Electrically-powered vehicles have suffered a credibility problem in the marketplace, thanks to early misfires such as the well-meant but impractical Sinclair C5, developed for use in the UK climate – almost inconceivably –  with an open-top roof.

Thankfully, modern alternatives are much more palatable. The Reva electric car (called the G-Wiz in Britain) is an important step towards meeting the expectations of new and existing drivers  – just look at the advantages of using an electric car.

A few scathing reviews have hit the headlines, such as this one from the Channel 4 TV network website, and a highly opinionated review of the original G-Wiz (the “ËœDC’) from influential BBC “Top Gear” presenter, Jeremy Clarkson. Despite this, it’s now the most popular electric car in both the UK and the world, giving the impetus for further, improved models. It’s inspiring progress.

(Just as long as they keep a roof over our heads).

Image: Going Green

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.