Dear Wheego Enthusiast:
Happy Holidays from the Wheego team!
Cayman Automotive Electrifies Grand Cayman
As the first electric car dealer on Grand Cayman, Cayman Automotive continues to
introduce the Wheego to enthusiastic crowds. The students at St. Ignatius School
welcomed John Felder and his Wheego LiFe last week as part of a science class
focused on recycling and the environment:
Coming soon: the Wheego LiFe will be available for rent at Andy’s Car Rental on Grand Cayman.
E-Cars of New England Profiled in the Boston Herald
The following article appeared in the Boston Herald on November 13, 2011:
Charged Up About Electric Cars
by Carley Thornell for the Boston Herald
The move to sell electric cars was natural for Dan Enxing, who’s been plugged into
the automotive industry for 25 years. Now he and co-owner John Zaeder are set for
a December soft opening of their first freestanding eCars of New England dealership.
AWAY WHEEGO: ECars co-owners John Zaeder, left, and Dan Enxing show off an electric Wheego
‘LiFE’ model in their Reading showroom, which will open next month. Photo by Patrick Whittemore
Enxing and Zaeder are transforming a Reading building blighted by petroleum
contaminants into a sparkling new space where they’ll sell fuel-efficient used cars
and serve as the state’s only authorized dealer for the two-seat electric cars made
“The first question everybody seems to ask me is, ‘Do you feel safe driving it?’
Absolutely,” said Zaeder, referring to the Wheego. “All you need to do is sit down
in one. It has a steel-reinforced frame and weighs almost 3,000 pounds, though
it’s small in size.”
Both the Whip, a 35 mph commuter option, and the 70 mph LiFE have the same
body style. The former has a 40- to 50-mile travel range before it has to be recharged
for eight hours, and the LiFE has a 100-mile range and an eight- to 12-hour charging
time, depending upon voltage.
Wheegos’ flexibility in using both 110-volt and 220-volt chargers, their longer range
and lower price points compared to other manufacturers’ electric options make them
more attractive, said Zaeder. They retail for $19,000 and $32,000 respectively and
each has federal tax incentives, but Zaeder touts other advantages, too.
“There’s no tune-ups, there’s no oil changes, none of that maintenance,” he said.
“It’s about 3 cents per mile to operate so it’s one-tenth the cost of riding a
There will be plenty of fuel-efficient used models such as the Honda Civic and
Toyota Prius hybrids alongside free charging stations at the Reading lot. Spots
to juice up electrics are often a challenge to find, but Zaeder and Enxing, family
friends and Andover residents, are working with their town and Reading to
Enxing also plans to offer Tesla’s new four-door electric sedan, a sleek and
sporty model retailing for $60,000 that could go a long way to changing people’s
perceptions of the electric car. In addition to eCars, he owns Hudson, N.H.-based
Subaru of Nashua.
Zaeder said some drivers are attracted to the Wheego because most of its parts,
excluding the chassis which is built in China, are made in America and the car is
assembled in California. The Atlanta-based company was started by Mike McQuary,
the brains behind Internet access provider MindSpring.com.
ECars is set to be fully operational by New Year’s.
Wheego Whips On Patrol at the Oklahoma Aquarium
The following article by Steven James appeared in Oklahoma’s Jenks Journal.
Patrol Volunteers Watch Out For and Assist Visitors
What started out as a way to combat auto burglaries at the Oklahoma Aquarium
and RiverWalk Crossing is becoming a tool to help better acquaint visitors with Jenks.
You may have seen the little Wheego Whip electric cars marked “Jenks Courtesy
Patrol” patrolling the parking lots at the two locations or driving through town.
The patrol is a joint venture between the city and the Oklahoma Aquarium. Its cars
are driven by volunteers who not only watch out for parking-lot burglars, but also
act as ambassadors for the city, answering questions about local dining and
shopping opportunities and giving directions.
“Our goal is to help the city of Jenks security-wise but also to just get the word out
that we care, we care about you, we want you to have a great time and we want
you to have a safe time while you’re here,” said Phil Tate, production and technology
manager for the aquarium and courtesy patrol supervisor.
“We want everybody to know what is in the city of Jenks.”
Chris Shrout, an intern for the city who helped get the project going, said the city
purchased the two patrol cars last summer for $30,000 — nearly $17,000 of which
was funded by a Tulsa Clean Cities alternative-fuel vehicle grant.
The patrol could have used a couple of former police cars, but opted to purchase
the Whips due to the high mileage on the police cars and the “friendlier” look of
the two-passenger electric cars, Shrout said.
Ambassador on patrol
STEVEN JAMES/JENKS JOURNAL Jan Skinner shows off one
of the Jenks Courtesy Patrol's two electric cars. Skinner is one of several volunteers
who patrol parking lots at the Oklahoma Aquarium and RiverWalk Crossing to prevent
auto burglaries as well as help visitors find dining and shopping opportunities across Jenks.
Watch for “Revenge of the Electric Car” Coming to a Theatre Near You
Chris Paine’s documentary “Who Killed the
Electric Car” was an inspiration to many,
including Wheego founder and CEO
Mike McQuary. This follow-up film is a
celebration of the progress made in the
past five years, as all-electric cars like the Wheego LiFe have been developed.
Visit the film’s website
for a schedule of showings around the country. Wheego
and Southeast Electric Cars
will sponsor the Dec. 5th showing
in Atlanta at the
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Wheego Out and About
The Wheego LiFe drew a crowd at the Tampa International Auto Show this month:
Visit Suncoast Electric Vehicles
in Saint Petersburg to test drive a Wheego!
Our Seattle Wheego dealer displayed Whips and a LiFe at the Seattle Auto Show:
Stop by MCEV
in Seattle for a test drive!
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The Wheego Team