Dear Wheego Enthusiast:
The first LiFe has been delivered! Stacey Hodges, General Manager of Atlanta
dealer Jim Ellis Wheego
, presented the first Wheego LiFe keys to Atlanta
residents Asma and Kevin Henry. Bill Hosken from the Atlanta Mayor’s
Office of Sustainability
outlined key projects related to EV adoption in Atlanta.
Here are a few pictures from the event, followed by our press release.
From left: Stacey Hodges, Kevin and Asma Henry, Wheego VP-Marketing
Les Seagraves, and Bill Hosken from the Atlanta Office of Sustainability
Asma Henry with her new Wheego LiFe
Press Release for Wheego LiFe Launch:
WHEEGO DELIVERS FIRST LiFe
ATLANTA, GA(April 15, 2011) – WHEEGO ELECTRIC CARS,
of all-electric cars, today announced it will deliver the first Wheego LiFe, a
highway-speed 100% electric car, on Earth Day- April 22, 2011.
“We are very proud of this car and the American spirit that it represents,” said
Mike McQuary, CEO of Wheego Electric Cars. “The delivery of our first Wheego LiFe
electric car culminates four years of research and development, and is perfectly
timed to support President Obama’s Energy Plan. President Obama will direct
Federal agencies to buy 100 percent alternative fuel vehicles by 2015, and is
asking for a major increase in fuel economy for 2017-2025 model year automobiles.
The Wheego LiFe is ready to help meet that demand: it is affordable, all-electric,
and available across the country now.”
The first owners of a Wheego LiFe will be Asma and Kevin Henry, residents of the
Virginia Highland neighborhood in Atlanta. Jimmy Ellis, VP and COO of Jim Ellis
Automotive Dealerships, will present the Henrys with their car at the Jim Ellis
dealership at 5855 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, at 10:30a.m.on April 22nd
Kevin says buying a Wheego LiFe was his wife’s idea. Asma, a freelance consultant
in international assistance programs, is committed to protecting the environment
and reducing fossil fuel consumption. She walks and bikes to neighborhood shops,
prefers fresh air to conditioned air, and dries laundry in the back garden. She has
more than a casual interest in zero-emission vehicles and clean air because she
helps manage the charity Speranta Terrei
, which supports patients in Moldova
with the air-borne disease tuberculosis. Asma said, “We as individuals have to
do our part so we can all breathe easier.”
“Asma Henry’s commitment to helping the environment, and to her charity are
inspiring to us, and we are excited that she is the owner of the first Wheego LiFe,”
The 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
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 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. The
Wheego line of electric vehicles are sold through a nationwide dealer network;
for an up-to-date list, visit the Wheego dealer listing at http://wheego.net/more/dealer-list/
About Jim Ellis Auto Dealerships
Jim Ellis Wheego is the Atlanta-area dealer for Wheego Electric Cars. Jim Ellis
is a family-owned business with twelve sales and service locations and almost
40 years’ experience in the Atlanta area. Jim Ellis was honored in 2008 as a
candidate for Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year, and has won the Consumer’s
Choice award for Business Excellence for the past six years. For more information
about Jim Ellis Auto Dealerships, visit the company website at www.jimellis.com.
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,
For more information about Wheego, visit the company website at www.wheego.net
To inquire about dealership opportunities, email email@example.com
About Speranta Terrei
For more information about Speranta Terrei, visit
USA Today covered the launch:
An Atlanta couple today become the first to buy a Wheego LiFe, a novel
electric car that looks a lot like a Smart car. The first owners of a Wheego LiFe
are Asma and Kevin Henry, who bought the car from a local car dealer,
Jim Ellis Automotive, Wheego says.
Kevin told Wheego officials that buying the $32,995 LiFe was his wife's idea.
Asma, a freelance consultant in international assistance programs, walks
and bikes to neighborhood shops and tries to be environmentally friendly
by doing things like drying the laundry on a clothesline. Wheego officials are thrilled:
"We are very proud of this car and the American spirit that it represents,"
said Mike McQuary, CEO of Wheego Electric Cars. "The delivery of our first
Wheego LiFe electric car culminates four years of research and development,
and is perfectly timed to support President Obama's Energy Plan.”
He noted that Obama has directed federal agencies to buy alternative fuel
vehicles by 2015. Wheego is hoping to cash in on some of that action.
The Wheego LiFe goes up to 100 miles on a single charge. It qualifies for
a $7,500 federal tax credit, as well as state incentives such as tax credits
(up to $5,000 in Georgia) and solo car-pool lane access.
-Chris Woodyard, USA Today
We are working our way through the reservation list, delivering cars to
reservation holders and dealers
. Watch for delivery to a dealer near you,
and come out for a test drive!
Auto Center Southeast Showcases Wheego Electric Cars
Los Angeles Pilot Program Offers $2000 off EV Charging Stations
Los Angeles Wheego reservation holders - be sure to check out this program!
Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Electric Vehicle Pilot Program
LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LADWP General Manager Ron Nichols,
and environmental leaders announced today an LADWP pilot program that will
provide rebates of up to $2,000 to the first 1,000 LADWP customers for home
chargers and installation costs for their electric vehicles.
"Los Angeles is leading the nation in cleaner, greener transportation solutions,"
Mayor Villaraigosa said. "By offering significant rebates for home electric chargers,
we hope to make electric cars more cost-effective than gasoline powered vehicles
Yesterday, the Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved the Electric
Vehicle Home Charger Rebate Program – Charge Up LA – to ease the financial
burden for residents who want to install a rapid (Level 2) charger at their home
for qualifying electric vehicles. Beginning May 1, 2011, the LADWP's goal is to
provide rebates for 3,000 to 5,000 EV home chargers.
The LADWP will track the EV charging patterns to ascertain where to allocate
resources for potential energy growth. By monitoring charging patterns, the
LADWP can guard against straining the grid.
As gas prices continue to rise, EVs could become a better economic value for
LADWP customers. Compared to regular gas-powered vehicles, the "fuel" cost
of an EV is about equal to $1 per gallon.
The range of the rebate will depend on the type of charger and the related
equipment installed by the customer. To qualify for the rebate, customers must
participate in LADWP's Residential Time-of-Use Rate, which provides a significant
discount for electrical use during "off-peak" hours-weeknights and anytime on
During these "off peak" hours, EV owners will not only save money – they
will take advantage of renewable energy from wind power. By charging at
night – the peak hours of wind power and production – owners will maximize
renewable wind power and will also ease the strain on the electric grid.
"We expect most of our customers to charge their electric vehicles at night
and the result is a double win for the environment," General Manager Ron
Nichols said. "We generate electricity with renewable wind power, and we
store that renewable energy in car batteries that then powers Angeleno's
cars during the day."
The rebate program is part of an overall strategy by the City to ensure that
Los Angeles is EV ready. At the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the Mayor
announced a program to help residential customers within the City of Los
Angeles go from permit to plug-in for home electric vehicle chargers under
7 days, provided the customer's electrical system can support the charging
Components of LADWP's EV strategy include:
EV Infrastructure: LADWP will upgrade the 86 existing City of Los Angeles
owned public chargers. LADWP plans to invest in additional new public chargers
after existing ones are upgraded. LADWP will also encourage private owners of
older style chargers to upgrade to the new standards.
Data Sharing: LADWP is coordinating with major EV charger vendors to share
data regarding EV purchases and driving patterns that will help determine
locations for new chargers. LADWP is also developing a standard agreement
with charger vendors to meet conditions of the U.S. Department of Energy's
"The EV Project," aimed at bringing more federal grant funds to the city.
Public Information: LADWP has established a website, www.ladwp.com/EV,
for comprehensive one-stop information on the rebate program, installation
and permits, rate discount and meter options.
Regional Collaboration: LADWP is collaborating with regional agencies,
industry, various jurisdictions and other electric utilities to foster a seamless
driving experience throughout the region.
Power Grid Upgrades: EV driving patterns and charging data will be used
to help forecast and prepare the electric grid for energy growth related to
EVs. The information will also support LADWP's Smart Grid Demonstration
EV Discount: LADWP offers a 2.5 cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) discount to
residential customers who charge their EVs during off-peak hours when
demand for energy is lowest (nights and weekends). The discount is
available to customers on LADWP's Residential Time-of-Use Rate, who
already benefit from reduced rates during off-peak hours.
Customer Service: A team of LADWP Customer Service Representatives
has been trained to answer questions and assist customers with the
charger installation process. For direct assistance, customers may
call 1-866-484-0433or email PluginLA@ladwp.com.
To download an application or for the EV Home Charger Rebate and
other information, visit www.ladwp.com/EV.
This is the Mayor's latest initiative to transition Los Angeles away from
relying on dirty diesel to be the cleanest, greenest City in the country.
In March, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to ratify a new
pilot program to add 30 electric buses to the fleet. After a careful
evaluation of whether electric buses do in fact save money and are
more efficient, the city will implement the program on a larger scale –
setting a national precedent.
“Charge It” at the Mall
Simon properties announced a program to install charging stations at
their mall properties beginning in Florida and California. Read all about it here
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