What is it?
Remember how the G-Wiz, the tiny Indian-built electric city car, made headlines by making friends and enemies in London at the same time? Its maker, Reva, was able to set up a healthy business because its machine was able to take advantage of early financial concessions to electric cars, while dodging the designed-in safety measures required of others by being officially called a quadricycle.
Well, now the G-Wiz has a successor, the e2o, but it has a new 'legal' design and an entirely new maker. Mahindra, the huge Indian car-making conglomerate and owner of Ssangyong, acquired the Reva factory several years ago and set about making a small city car for similar duties to those of the G-Wiz, while meeting the same safety standards as a Ford or a Bentley.
It won’t be sold like any other car, though. All contact is first made online. Using the website, you discover details about the car and its pricing (the price is the price, and there are no part-exchanges) and that way you can make arrangements for a test drive at one of a number of big shopping centres in London, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Bristol, the first outposts - or you can contact a call centre. When and if you do your deal, your new car gets delivered to your door. When you need servicing, a man in a van calls at your home.