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Wheego delivers its first highway-speed electric car

Wheego Electric Cars delivered the first Wheego LiFe, a two-seat subcompact highway-speed 100% electric compact car. The Wheego LiFe travels approximately 100 miles on a single charge and retails for $32,995.

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Wheego LiFe. Click to enlarge.

It qualifies for a $7,500 Federal tax credit, as well as many state incentives such as tax credits (up to $5,000 in Georgia) and HOV lane access.

The Wheego LiFe comes fully-equipped with driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, power windows and locks, and optional air conditioning. The 115V, 30 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can be charged from a standard 120V outlet, a 240V outlet or any of the J1772 standard charging stations.

The LiFe is propelled by a 20 hp /15 kW (60 hp/45 kW peak), 95 lb-ft (129 N·m) AC brushless electric motor.

Comments

sd

This makes the Volt look like a real bargain. It does not appear to be much of a car. Also, they do not give the weight but with only 20 hp continous, you would not be able to go up much of a hill.

SJC

This reminds me of the Smart Fourtwo. With $7500 from the feds and maybe $5000 from the state, it could go out for around $20,000 which some buyers might find attractive.

They will not sell a lot of them, but marketing these products is an odd business. Who would have thought that the mini Cooper would have become popular? I tend to think that people still want a name brand that will be in business for the life of the car.

The new Nissan Leaf ads are captivating. They talk about zero imported oil and how the number zero is important. It is a bit misleading because 2% of the electricity in the U.S. still comes from burning oil, but it is a compelling message all the same.

Mannstein

This car is truly a bargain.

They even fully charge the battery when one picks it up from the dealer.

mahonj

How far does it go at highway speeds?
What do they consider highway speeds ? 60, 70, 80 - No data.
How long does it take to charge after you have driven 100 miles ?
I suppose it is a better city car, rather than an interstate cruiser.
Interesting to drive from Boston to New York in one - in summer.

Johnny B Good

For the next few years I may be spending about $4,500/yr on gas and oil for my gas guzzling Hyundai (26 mpg). The net cost of this LiFe might be about $28,000 (after sales tax and rebate). The payback on this endeavor would be a bit over 6 years, 3 months with a return on investment of about 16%.
I should buy one for my wife since her birthday is on September ,11th and a friend of ours was murdered in the second WTC tower on 9-11-01. Our friend Chris G. left behind a wife and two sons (now 14 & 12).

Energy independence is "Personal”.

SJC

Considering 15 of the 19 terrorists on 9/11 were Saudi and the Saudis have taken some of the trillions of dollars we sent them to fund a religion that says they are suppose kill the enemies, then I would say the sooner we stop importing Saudi oil the better.

Nick Lyons

Could be a good city car. Needs to cost < $15000, IMHO.

Arne

@SJC,

One of the most effective means of reducing oil imports would be a gas tax. It is an incentive to to buy more economic cars, drive less and drive more economically.

Would you be prepared to pay a gas tax?

SJC

I would be prepared to pay a carbon tax and I would be willing to support synthetic fuels to eliminate middle east oil imports.

mahonj

Get a Prius or a VW* Golf/Jetta/Passat Diesel and slow down a bit.

If most people did that, you could drop fuel consumption in the US by 40% in 10 years - with no new technology, just uptake of today's good (not even best) solutions.

We already do that in Europe and Japan, due to Anne's gas tax.

It does us very little harm (especially as they cleanup diesels).

*or equivalent Ford/Renault/Toyota etc - there are loads of good diesel options).

SJC

Fuel taxes are regressive, they hurt the poor. I guess some people feel that they can afford the taxes and the poor can just ride mass transit to work, if it exists. That way there will be less traffic on the roads.

ai_vin

Unless you've got the option of running your car on 100% biofuel a fuel tax IS a carbon tax.

Mannstein

@ SJC

In case you haven't noticed most of our oil comes from Mexico, Canada, and Venezuela.

Maybe it's time we bomb these three countries.

SJC

With synthetic fuels we can eliminate oil imports completely.

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