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Wheego Whip LiFe – Click above for high-res image gallery

Well, it isn't going to be available in August as hoped, but the $32,995 (before incentives) Wheego Whip LiFe has been re-scheduled for delivery in September and Wheego Electric Cars is now accepting $100 refundable reservations here. Wheego CEO Mike McQuary was quick to point out in a statement that his car will beat both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt to market:
We are on schedule to be the first company to offer an affordable all-electric car in the U.S. Other auto companies have made announcements of the upcoming availability of their electric cars, but for the most part, their cars are being released in only a few cities, and in limited quantities. Our Wheego Whip LiFe will ship to customers first-come, first-served across the U.S. beginning in September, and everyone who makes a reservation will be driving their car before the end of the year. The Whip LiFe has a lithium battery pack, is made of 75% U.S. content, and is assembled in Ontario, California. It is an example of American ingenuity at its finest.
That last sentence requires some unpacking, since the LiFe is without question a modified Shuanghuan Noble, which is built in China. Wheego is quoting a 100-mile range and a 65 mile per hour to speed for the LiFe from a 28 kWh lithium (Li) iron (Fe) phosphate battery pack. It's unlikely to get those two numbers to play nice together. If you don't live in an area where the Leaf will be available right away, does this car appeal to you?

*UPDATE: Wheego has updated the battery to a 30 kWh pack that uses 36 (3.2V) cells at 260AH. Wheego also wanted to respond to the China comment with:
When the chassis comes to us from China, it's just a sled that we reinforced for safety to pass crash-testing– then in our US assembly plant we add the transmission, motor, batteries, wiring, and controller (which are all US-made), as well as all the software that ties the components together.


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PRESS RELEASE

WHEEGO NOW TAKING ELECTRIC CAR RESERVATIONS


ATLANTA (June 14, 2010) – WHEEGO ELECTRIC CARS today announced they are taking reservations for the all-electric Wheego Whip LiFe car on their website at www.wheego.net.

"We are on schedule to be the first company to offer an affordable all-electric car in the U.S.," announced Wheego CEO Mike McQuary. "Other auto companies have made announcements of the upcoming availability of their electric cars, but for the most part, their cars are being released in only a few cities, and in limited quantities. Our Wheego Whip LiFe will ship to customers first-come, first-served across the U.S. beginning in September, and everyone who makes a reservation will be driving their car before the end of the year. The Whip LiFe has a lithium battery pack, is made of 75% U.S. content, and is assembled in Ontario, California. It is an example of American ingenuity at its finest."

The highway-ready Wheego Whip LiFe goes approximately 100 miles on a charge, and retails for $32,995. The Wheego Whip LiFe qualifies for a $7,500 Federal tax credit, dropping the net price to under $26,000. States such as California and Georgia offer State tax credits or rebates up to $5,000 to further reduce the net price of the car. In addition, Congress has legislation pending that proposes an additional $2,000 electric vehicle incentive.

"We have had incredible interest in our Wheego Whip LiFe," said McQuary. "I think the public understands that the time has finally come to make electric vehicles a part of everyday life. The recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has certainly highlighted that it's time for a change. There are a lot of people talking about this problem, and now there is a chance to take action. A groundswell of public support for electric cars continues to grow. Once you have gone a few months without filling up your car at a gas station, you will be hooked on the idea of never doing it again. Americans are insistent on decreasing our dependence on foreign oil now; and on domestic oil, for that matter. You will recharge this car every night in your garage, and be good to go for 100 miles the next day: around the neighborhood, on the highway, everywhere you took your gas guzzler- except to the gas station."

The new Wheego Whip LiFe comes fully-equipped with driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, and power windows and locks. The 115V lithium battery pack can be charged from a standard 120V outlet, a 240V outlet or any of the J1772 standard charging stations. It is available in red, white, blue, black, silver, and green. The Wheego Whip LiFe is a two-seat subcompact car with fit, finish and features that compete with any other subcompact car on the market.

Drivers can reserve a Wheego LiFe by:

• Visiting www.wheego.net
• Making a fully refundable $100 down-payment
• Receiving a reservation number
• Providing contact information for follow-up by a registered Wheego dealer

About Wheego Electric Cars
Wheego Electric Cars is an innovation-driven and environmentally-conscious manufacturer of Electric Vehicles (EVs). Under the leadership of Mike McQuary, CEO and former MindSpring entrepreneur, Wheego Electric Cars has become a leader in the integration of advanced technology components. Wheego Electric Cars is one of the first EV companies to deliver affordable fully capable, street legal all-electric cars for everyday consumer use. The Wheego line of electric vehicles is emission-free, making them an ideal choice for consumers and businesses who want to reduce their carbon footprint. Wheego is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The cars are assembled in Ontario, California.

For more information about Wheego, and to view the list of Wheego dealers, visit the company website at www.wheego.net
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, I recall when the same things were said about the inferior quality of Japanese imports such as Honda and Toyota. But they found a market, and incrementally improved them over time until today they are touted as examples of quality built automobiles.

      Discounting Chinese vehicles because they are currently cheap, light, vehicles with poor build quality is whistling in the dark. They appear to be improving rapidly, and they are inexpensive.

      All that said, this car simply misses the price/value curve at $32k. I can buy a new Smart , convert it, and not only have money left over, but have a better car.

      Jack Rickard
      http://EVTV.me
      • 1 Year Ago
      2013 NEW Wheego Life Electric Car is featured in the Video below. It is automatic, and comes in 6 different colors. It is a Totally New Electric car with power windows, power door locks, defroster, alarm, AM/FM stereo with CD player, ice cold AC, warm heat, alloy wheels, and low maintenance system. This is purely an electric car, no emissions required, no gasoline needed, and you will love this car. You can drive on the highway 65MPH, and go 100 miles to a single charge. These cars drive fantastic, and are quiet with no engine noise. Just click on the commercial take a virtual testdrive with me. https://www.youtube.com/watch ... The Federal Tax Cash Credit rebate is $7500.00 and the Georgia State Tax Cash Credit Rebate is $5,000.00 bringing down your price to 11999.00 after all rebates plus taxes and fees. The rebates are Cash Credits and added back when you file your taxes. Its NOT A DEDUCTION! Its cash back! We are a New Car Dealership featuring New Wheego Electric Cars. We have them in 6 different colors. Here are the options: Vehicle Options Air Conditioning Alarm System Alloy Wheels AM/FM Anti-Lock Brakes Automatic Climate Control Automatic Headlights Bucket Seats CD Dual Airbags Extra Keys Fog Lights Keyless Entry Leather Seats Power Brakes Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Tinted Windows Tire Pressure Monitor Traction Control Woodgrain Xenon Headlights As a leader in NEW WHEEGO CARS and pre-owned sales and service, Georgia Wheego Auto Sales dedicates itself to treating the needs of their customers with paramount concern. We know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence! Stop by and speak with our dedicated team of highly qualified sales representatives will be glad to assist you in researching your next automobile purchase. At Georgia Wheego Auto Sales, it is our top priority to provide our customers and patrons with: 1. Clearance, Firm, BETTER THAN COMPETITIVE pricing on all New and pre-owned vehicles, Our Prices are much lower than the competition 2. A friendly and knowledgeable staff, No Salespersons are on Commission, so they will not pressure you to make a purchase 3. Convenient services and amenities, huge Service Department, Detail department,$15.00 Quick Lube department, Refreshment and Coffee Center 4. The highest level of customer service 5. An inventory of New Wheegos and late model, high end pre-owned vehicles and specialty vehicles 6. Financing assistance through outside institutions for those customers with "less than perfect" credit We also pride ourselves in furnishing all of our prospective customers with an AUTO-CHECK report on each vehicle we have in stock. In fact, before we accept a vehicle into our inventory, we check to see it has a clean CARFAX first! We would love for you to give us a Call 770-693-9019 www.georgiawheego.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      I say "Yes! Slam it to those morons the crushed the EV1 and the other EV's back in 2003!" All of the established automakers in both Japan and the US just lost their chance to be leaders in EV technology. Why? Because the lawyers said it was a good idea and the oil companies didn't want to loose their market.

      Now who's going to be the technology leader in EV's? China! This is the first step to the US car makers going the way of the Dodo (aka extinct). The US car makers need to get their head out of their butts and provide what America needs. And not go to great lengths to keep 100 year old technology as their bread and butter. Especially since that 100 year old technology was never sustainable in the first place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm... doesn't the MiEV have a 14-18KWH pack and go a similar distance?

      This car is also front wheel drive, and a few hundred pounds heavier. So that sucks.

      Plus it sits on a Chinese chassis with some reinforcements welded in. I wouldn't trust that on an ICE car, and i won't let it slide just because it's an EV either.

      Could potentially get better mileage than the Leaf with that pack, but...

      This thing just doesn't seem very competitive at that price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 30kwh pack and speed limited to 65mph bodes well for long range. They claim 100miles "Real World" range.

        The LEAF uses cells that are 92kwh/kg, the Wheenogo is using lighter 109kwh/kg cells and more of them.. but it will probably wash out at the end.

        The Wheego weighs 2600lbs from their specs, nicely equipped but AC is optional.

        http://wheego.net/more/vehicles/specs/
        • 4 Years Ago
        It has got it's work cut out for it, competing against the Leaf for the same price does not compute. imeiv 16 kwh, Leaf 24 kwh, Wheego 30 kwh. 3.2 volts per cell.

        My car 35kwh with 4.2 volts per cell. My car is the champion of the world! No EV's go as far as my car except Tesla. I guess that is pretty good company.

        If this car is a few hundred pounds heavier than the Leaf it must be heavier in the battery box?

        Wheego, you needed to come out a year or two ago. Wheego should have gone on sale long ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, i think it compares more favorably to the MiEV than the leaf. Cars of this size/weight will have different driving characteristics, and I for one am more interested in them because
        they will be more efficient/fast/go-kart esque.

        I don't think it'll be heavier than the leaf, heavier than the MiEV though.... yeah. my guesstimation for the Leaf is 3000lb +/- 200lb.

        Yeah, they are absolutely late to the game ... they could have sold this car for $32k a few years ago when everyone thought the Leaf was gonna be $40k+ if it ever came out.

        Funny that your car is the most capable of them all and it's not even mass produced...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wheenogo?
      • 4 Years Ago
      China's going to be a leader because they can stamp out cheap, substandard car bodies for half-the-price everyone else does it for? And with 1/10th the chances of passing crash testing? Oh... I know that Brilliance really didn't do all that badly (there is some controversy regarding the ADAC, who scored their tests), but I've driven some of the cars that Chinese-American electrics are based on, and they're about as substantial as a a soda can.

      You get to be an industry leader by making the best car, not the first. Toyota took the hybrid market by over-engineering the Prius to death and developing a reputation for reliability (amongst hybrids)... Nissan aims to do the same with the Leaf. I don't know about you, but if I were to spend my money on an electric, I'd rather spend it on one that's properly engineered than one that's based on cheap Chinese steel and a D.I.Y. electric kit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unreliability etc is just the curve car makers go through. Japan and Korea did the same.
        With the largest car matket in the world at home I suspect that the Chinese will do catch up really fast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should be a $12-16k car stop using li-ion there have been great advancements in lead acid in the palm springs area all you need is a 60 mile range 50+ mph and it's on.
      mfg stop wasting time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "If you don't live in an area where the Leaf will be available right away, does this car appeal to you?"

      Uh, no.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Leaf is Japanese, meaning advanced technology and decent quality with a dealer network which will honor warranty claims. Wheego is Chinese origin, meaning poor quality and having a questionable warranty. So, YES to Leaf, NO to Wheego.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wheego bankrupt
        • 4 Years Ago
        well, not entirely fair. it has a large battery pack. just wish it could then do more with a pack that large. it's small, it's not quick, rather heavy and adds up to expensive.

        I don't like the large pack, low range combo. it's a real shame to waste that much good lithium. might well be A123 cells for all we know. but forgetting that it could be worlds better, some might well buy it for a runabout, like at 20k$ for getting around LA which it would likely do fine.

        and being a conversion production they might not have spent a lot of money initially like Tesla did so it might go round for some years until what is possible sinks into the dense skulls of the big automakers and we get a car at half the price going further, faster and looking better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't get passed the Smart fortwo derivative styling. Unfortunately.

      I like the Th!nk City better.

      Neil
      • 4 Years Ago
      We don't know how much of the battery is usable. The Volt can only use 50% of it's charge, whilst the Leaf seems to use around 80%.
      I'd guess this only has 50-60% available.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably 80%, or higher if you allow a slow overnight charge to full capacity.. this is something you can do without trouble with LiFePO4 cells. GM is going to the 50% extreme because they have to warrant the Volt for 10 years / 150k miles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cheaper than the Smart ed, with more battery capacity, but I'm not too sure it will sell better.
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