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Wheego Whip – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

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

Ruff and Tuff Electric Vehicles Inc. (RTEV) has spun off its Wheego Electric Cars division. Wheego's first car, the low-speed Whip (pictured), should be available in late July (yes, that's a delay). According to Wheego, about 100 people have pre-ordered the $18,995 car that's not-a-Smart.

Earlier this year, word was that the Wheego Whip was supposed to be available here in the U.S. in May. Looks like July is the new delivery date, so hold on if you want your smart fortwo clone minicar NEV. If you're saying, the "whee-go what now?", the Whip is an all-electric low-speed vehicle that is made in California but based on a platform that comes from China's Shuanghuan Automobile. According to Wheego, there are about 100 pre-orders for the $18,995 not-so-Smart car.

RTEV is ready to take your order for a Wheego Whip low-speed electric vehicle. This sub-$19,000 NEV features remote keyless entry, air conditioning and an mp3 stereo system as standard. The Whip will be available in white, red, blue, black, or silver. Deliveries are scheduled for this May and the Whip should qualify you for a 10 percent federal tax credit on the purchase price. The good news? "When the Whip is eventually certified and sold as a full speed car, the Federal Tax credit will be $7,5

Bring on the Whip. That's the feeling behind the announcement today that Wheego Electric Cars, a division of RTEV, is officially launching its U.S. dealer network. Wheego says their entry into the U.S. market is well-timed because, "There is a perfect storm of macro-events that are [sic] causing the American public to take personal inventory of their habits across a wide spectrum which includes personal transportation, and RTEV is entering the marketplace at this pivotal time." The first car wil

RTEV, the company behind Ruff and Tuff electric ATVs, and Shuanghuan Automobile Company have formed a partnership that will see the Wheego Whip arrive in the US by May of 2009. Wheego is the street division of the Atlanta-based company and is now headed by former Miles Electric Vehicles COO, Jeff Boyd. If you are looking at the picture above and thinking, "Dude, that's a Smart Fortwo!", you'd be wrong because this, my friends, is a Shuanghuan Noble upon which the Whip (E-Noble outside the US) wi