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What the heck is a GWKULLA?

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April 30, 2013

GWKULLA's electric motor generates 15 hp and 50 Nm (37 lb.ft) of torque to drive those tiny rear wheels

GWKULLA's electric motor generates 15 hp and 50 Nm (37 lb.ft) of torque to drive those tiny rear wheels

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Hot on the heels of last week’s F1 inspired Renault Twizy comes another (slightly) less outlandish EV in the form of the awkwardly named GWKULLA. Looking very much like the Twizy, this concept from Great Wall Motors showed its pert little face at the Shanghai Auto show last week.

The diminutive car's diminutive electric motor generates 15 hp and 50 Nm (37 lb.ft) of torque to drive those tiny rear wheels. This delivers a claimed top speed of 65 km/h (40.5 mph) and a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), while recharge time is specced at 4.5 hours through a regular 220 V power outlet.

Comparisons between the GWKULLA concept and Renault's Twizy (pictured above) are inevitable

The concept shown in Shanghai is part of the ongoing Great Wall KULLA concept series. This series first appeared at Beijing’s Auto China Show in 2008 and has been shown in several forms at major Chinese auto shows since. The various iterations include a slim four seater, a slightly chubbier four seater, and a fully enclosed tandem two-seater similar to the current version.

From our photos taken in Shanghai one fairly quickly picks up on the fact there are no doors. The drop down “plasticky gullwing doors” look borrowed from a child’s electric buggy and being taller than it is wide, the GWKULLA looks like it's well-suited to negotiate the urban squeeze ... though it might not fare at all well on the skidpad.

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6 Comments

I see the problem with all of these type of cars as being in the Euro NCAP testing (and other equivalents). There appears to be no real substance to offer resistance to impacts and side impacts in particular. Exposed wheels may also cause problems with type-approvals/homologation etc.

RJB

Not the best golf cart I have seen.

Slowburn

think they would need to be registered as motorcycles

David Anderton

There is a Twizy twizzing about in Oxford, UK, and they are listed on the Renault UK website with a price, so presumably have passed the necessary tests for whatever they have been classed as here.

Martin Gough

I like the comparison pictures, one vehicle attracts a hipster infestation, while the other does not. I know which one I would prefer.

Womp

re; RJB

Look closer the "cars" have fenders.

Slowburn
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