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April 2012

Show your colors! We’ll send a Wheego t-shirt to any Wheego drivers
who post a picture of themselves (and their Wheego!) on our
Facebook page in the first week of May!

Dear Wheego Enthusiast:

April was a busy month for Wheego, as we celebrated Earth Day across the country!
Check out the Wheego wrapped in honor of the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida:

Tampa/St. Petersburg Wheego dealer Suncoast Electric Vehicles was on hand as
Tampa’s mayor unveiled new charging stations across the town:

Suncoast EV’s Dieter Schaefer was interviewed as part of an EV program hosted
by St. Petersburg College:

Wheego visited Georgia Tech for their Earth Day Festival, and got the “thumbs up” from Captain Planet:

Joe Friedmann, Wheego VP-West Coast Operations, shared a Wheego LiFe with
visitors to the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival:

It’s Electric! Boogie, Woogie, Woogie!

Follow along with Vicki Wheaton from the Cay Compass  in the Cayman Islands
as she tests drives a Wheego LiFe for the first time:

Most of us have known nothing but cars that run on petrol. We pull up to the station,
we fill up, we drive off. Every time the price of fuel increases we groan but we suffer it,
because in the end we’d rather pay more than give up our vehicles.

Until recently there has been no end in sight, and basically everyone has been
wondering if there is $10 per gallon in our future. Maybe that’s what the Mayans
were barking on about.

Electric or hybrid cars have featured on television, and environmentally-conscious
celebrities have put them in the news – tossing aside their four-wheeled behemoths
in favour of nippier models that are cleaner and quieter. After years of debate and
preparation, it looks as though the Cayman Islands are on the brink of registering
electric cars, making them available to drive on local roads.

John Felder, chief executive officer of Cayman Automotive, has been spearheading
the initiative and says he is glad to see his efforts finally being rewarded. He
already has Wheego models in Grand Cayman, and has been featuring them at a
number of events – particularly those revolving around eco-friendly products.
The installation of charging stations is also being planned at a number of familiar
locations. There will initially be four active stations strategically placed about Grand
Cayman, with a total of 14 appearing in the future.

Of course, people want to know what it is like to drive one of these cars, and how
it differs from their gas-guzzlin’, exhaust pipe-smokin’ transports. How far will they
have to stray from their comfort zone to go electric? I decided to take one for a
test drive and get the inside track on the Wheego. They don’t call me The Stig
down here for nothing!

John decided he would ride in the passenger seat. I don’t know if it was so he
could give me information as we went, or so he could make sure I didn’t crash
his baby.

The first surprise was when I started the engine. There was no “vroom,” no
exhaust fumes ... no noise at all. It was honestly bizarre. I was being encouraged
to put it in gear and start off, but I couldn’t get over the quiet. Normally when my
car sounds (or doesn’t sound) like that, it means it’s broken. With the Wheego
the complete opposite is true.

We exited the property and I quickly began to get used to the way it handled.
I should note that the Wheego is a two-seater with a lot of storage area in the
back. I am not considered a small woman, but I found the seat accommodating
and comfortable. There was ample head room and my long, model’s legs (ahem)
had easily enough space to manoeuvre.

The private road had a number of lumps and bumps and I hit the accelerator
with gusto as we headed toward them. The smooth brakes allowed us to take
tight corners without losing a couple of teeth and it had good suspension on the
undulating tarmac and even a sizeable pothole that suddenly appeared out of
nowhere ... I swear. Another important point to mention at this stage: the
Wheego has passed rigorous safety tests and features driver and
passenger-side air bags along with a high strength unibody steel frame.

Once I had taken us for a tour of the area, I turned for the journey back. John
seemed relieved. I have to say that as we pulled back up to our starting position,
I found myself quite impressed with the Wheego. It was nice to drive on that first
test, and as the engine was so quiet, I could hear my beautiful speaking voice
with brilliant clarity. Where could I sign up for one of these marvellous vehicles?
The Wheego can go for 100 miles on a fully charged battery, and you simply plug
it into the wall as you would a rather large toaster. There will be charging stations
at Governor’s Square, Camana Bay, Kaibo and the Cayman Motor Museum which
will actually power their station with solar panels. It can reach a maximum speed
of 65 miles per hour which is all you need down here, and best of all, it costs a
fraction of the price to power it.

It comes standard with air-conditioning which runs on a separate battery, so you
don’t have to choose between staying cool or getting to your destination. It also
has a stereo which of course you will be able to enjoy all the more because you’re
not having to hear it over the sound of a petrol-driven engine. Most importantly,
the Wheego comes in six exterior colours – White, Black, Red, Blue, Silver and Green (naturally.)

Watch for Wheego at the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan! The annual
festival is held May 5-12 and features a parade, dancing, music, carnival and more!
Wheego dealer Lakeshore Electric Cars will showcase a Wheego LiFe.

Become a Wheego fan on facebook– stay in touch!

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As always, we thank you for your support. Please email your questions
and suggestions to
Best Regards,
The Wheego Team

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