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

Wheego Electric Cars, a U.S. manufacturer that's often overshadowed by the likes of Nissan, Chevrolet and others, will roll out its highway-capable electric car, the Wheego Whip LiFe, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 18th. Wheego calls the LiFe "the nation's first affordable electric car" and for good reason. You see, the LiFe is priced at $32,995 – or, $25,495 after the feds throw in a $7,500 tax credit – which is nearly as cheap as the Leaf, but the LiFe should beat Nissan's battery-powered vehicle to market by at least a month. Provided that no further delays crop up.

Production of the Wheego LiFe is underway and some of the highway-capable EVs will be delivered to dealers by month's end. LiFe reservation holders are eagerly awaiting delivery, which is scheduled to start before the vehicle's on stage debut in LA. Hit the jump for more on the Wheego LiFe; a highway-capable EV from a U.S. manufacturer (made from 75 percent U.S. content – details here) that's ready to challenge some of the big boys in the automotive market.


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[Source: Wheego]

PRESS RELEASE

WHEEGO ELECTRIC CARS TO DEBUT FULL-SPEED LiFe AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW


ATLANTA October 13, 2010; WHEEGO ELECTRIC CARS, a U.S. manufacturer of all-electric cars, today announced it will unveil the Wheego LiFe, the nation's first affordable electric car, to the public at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November.

"Our highway-ready, full-speed electric car, the Wheego LiFe, is in production now and will be delivered to dealers and drivers in a few weeks," said Wheego President Jeff Boyd. "Our many LiFe reservation holders will receive their cars first." Visitors to the LA Auto Show will be among the first to see the LiFe in person, and we think they will be delighted and intrigued with the LiFe's spacious interior, standard equipment and overall design."

Wheego CEO Mike McQuary and President Jeff Boyd will present the new Wheego LiFe at a press conference, held November 18 during the Los Angeles Auto Show's media-only days (1:40 p.m., Booth # K-500). Consumers are invited to check out the Wheego LiFe and meet the Wheego team during the show's November 19-28 public days. Wheego will be featured in the show's new EV exhibit area in Kentia Hall.

The full-speed Wheego LiFe travels approximately 100 miles on a single charge and retails for $32,995. It qualifies for a $7,500 Federal tax credit, as well as many state tax incentives, including $5,000 in California. The Wheego 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 being installed in public locations throughout the United States. It is available in red, white, blue, black, silver, and green. The Wheego LiFe is a two-seat subcompact car with fit, finish and features designed for today's environmentally-conscious commuters.

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, fleets 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, visit the company website at www.wheego.net. To inquire about dealership opportunities, email Jeff Boyd at jboyd@wheego.net. To inquire about the Dealer Ride & Drive Event October 22-23 in Ontario, California, email Susan Nicholson at susan@wheego.net.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Will mercedes bitchslap them with a lawsuit for beeing such a stupid Smart knockoff or will they just let them die on their own merit?
      I would never trust the engineering or decision making of a company that can't even come up with their own design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And someone please explain to me why $7500 of my tax dollars continue to go to these vehicles. What an enormous waste of my money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has that really passed the crash tests?

      Well done, nice to see a little guy deliver. (Or have they really delivered?)
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this car, like the Think, sold for $12K - $15K, it might have a chance. But at $33K, they're toast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember all these small companies clamoring to get an EV to market before the Leaf/Volt were announced. Seems like most of them are dead. I am surprised that this company is still alive and so close to releasing.

      I don't see any prospects for any of them outside of the AMP company that converts GM cars.
      You just can't jump into the game and compete with the big guys anymore.

      Tesla and Fisker; maybe. They seem good at pulling money out of thin air :p
      • 4 Years Ago
      It won't be worth half their asking price till they change the stupid name or re-badge with a mainstream brand. Why do all electric start-ups name themselves so ridiculously!? Have to respect Tesla for simply not being idiots about their naming (company and models).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a competitor to a Leaf or a Think. Compare the features, build quality, safety, company support, technology, etc. Good luck if this company even makes it for a year or two selling this product. They should call it the Wheego away wheery fast or the Wheego splat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @green-eh

        Even if they match build quality. The Leaf is the same price and is a 4 seater that will go 90mph.

        This is a two seater that does barely adequate top speed of 65mph. I can't see why anyone wouldn't go for the Leaf instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Admit it dudes! You all want to get whipped! Just admit it! Bring it on! Whip me!

        Seriously, the more EV's the better, this car will be a hard sell at this price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol.. the iPhone is a terrible example of build quality. Each generation has major flaws. Though i am not sure if that's Foxconn's or Apple's fault.

        A $32k electric car is no way to introduce Americans to Chinese car quality though.
        A lot of cheap electric bikes/scooters/motorcycles come out of China and they're terrible. Good way to lose thousands of $.

        We're kinda off on the wrong foot with Chinese build quality already..
        • 4 Years Ago
        This assumes poor Chinese and American build quality of this particular vehicle. I suspect that it is premature to say so, as other Chinese / American products can be quite good (eg iPhone).

        It is not premature to say that the day of the independent / small / emerging automotive manufacturer who puts together an EV from components may be coming to an end (in the way that small volume ICE automotive manufacturers have come to an end). In my opinion the Leaf is so well featured and aggressively priced that only large volume concerns will be able to compete directly with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hi, Yet, another little tiny electric car the average person can`t afford.
      Tom Sines
      http://electricevette.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like small cars and they look really very smart. This cars has got all feature which drives a car lover go crazy.

      Bucket Trucks
      • 4 Years Ago
      From Autoblog Green:

      "A highway-capable EV from a U.S. manufacturer (made from 75 percent U.S. content – details here)."

      From Wheego's press release:

      "Wheego is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The cars are assembled in Ontario, California."

      Yeah, right.

      This car is no different from the Tiger Champ 4500 pickup - shipped from China as a CKD and assembled here in the US with enough domestically-sourced parts to make it qualify as a domestic vehicle. The most obvious difference here: the Champ doesn't look like anything else on the road. The Wheego, and its gas-powered sibling, the Noble, are copycats of the Smart. Plus, the Noble is expected to go on sale here next year at a much cheaper price, somewhere around $9,000 or $10,000. And since Smart USA and Daimler-Benz are already suing to halt sales of both Wheego and Noble, i'm guessing we won't be seeing much of them anymore.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow looks a lot like the smart..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've test driven the Wheego. I'm in the EV industry and this car makes the entire industry look bad. It was far and away the worst car I've ever been in. The air vents fell out when I tried to adjust them, the exterior door handles were so cheap a good tug could break them off easily, and I won't even start in on the driving dynamics. Suffice it to say 25 miles an hour (the top speed of the model I drove) was truly scary. I'm very worried for the buyers of these cars that have the misfortune to get into an accident.

      I'm usually not this negative, but hopefully this company dies a quick death.
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