Electric Vehicles

Wheego Prepares Highway-speed Electric Car

Atlanta-based Wheego Electric Cars is on the verge of beating all the major auto manufacturers to market with an affordable, all-electric car. Wheego currently markets an all-electric Low Speed Vehicle, or LSV, intended for around-the-neighborhood errands and short commutes. The Wheego Whip LSV retails for under $20,000 and drives up to 40 miles on a single charge from a standard household outlet. Wheego has applied for General Services Administration approval, and expects the Wheego to be a popular fleet choice as government agencies and companies seek to lower their emissions output and reduce their carbon footprint. The Wheego Whip LSV has been extremely popular in Oklahoma, which offered a 50% State tax credit to consumers who purchased an all-electric vehicle. The Wheego Whip LSV also qualifies for a 10% Federal tax credit.

The big news, though, is the model just around the corner: Wheego plans to roll out the Wheego Whip LiFe, a full-speed, crash-tested, highway ready car this summer. The all-electric car will get between 80 and 100 miles on a charge, and has a top speed of 65mph. It uses no gas and is emission-free. The cars are assembled in Ontario, California using quality components from around the world (52% North American). The Wheego Whip LiFe is based on a Lithium Ion battery pack from California-based Flux Power. Wheego’s proprietary software ties the components together. Expected retail price is around $33,000, and the Wheego Whip LiFe will qualify for a $7500 Federal Tax Credit which reduces the cost to under $26,000. Many states also offer state tax credits as an incentive to consumers to move to all-electric vehicles. The first model available this summer will be a 2-door, 2 passenger car. Future plans include a 5-door (including hatch) model and a small truck. Wheego has a network of more than twenty dealers across the country ready to begin selling the Wheego Whip LiFe.

More at http://wheego.net

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