A few months ago on The Coffee House, we featured the G-Wiz, an Indian-made electric vehicle that has proved increasingly popular amongst urban drivers eager to avoid congestion charges. The distributors claim that, on average, they are selling one to two cars a day in London. We have no figures on how many of these little runabouts were bought by Coffee House readers, but we hope they drive carefully.
A 64 kph crash test, performed on behalf of the BBC’s Top Gear to EuroNCAP standards, resulted in damage severe enough to have “the potential to cause serious or life-threatening injuries to the vehicle occupants”. A Department of Transport 56 kph test also gave results serious enough for the Government to seek a review of the European regulations for quadricycles. “Quadricycles”? Amazingly, although these vehicles look like cars, officially they aren’t, because they aren’t heavy enough or fast enough.
GoinGreen, the company that sells the G-Wiz in Britain, says: ‘The G-Wiz is designed and used as a low-speed urban commuter vehicle…’. 64 kph isn’t exactly street racer territory. The ‘safe driving tips’ on their website also advise G-Wiz drivers to ‘avoid fast roads’. That’s all very well, but what happens when your G-Wiz collides with a 4×4 coming the other way? Or even another G-Wiz?
I shall not be taking up GoinGreen’s offer of a test drive.