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November 2010

Dear Wheego Enthusiast:

The LiFe has launched!  The Wheego LiFe was enthusiastically received at
the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. Several dozen journalists test-drove
the LiFe at the Green Car Ride & Drive Event, and thousands of people
visited the Wheego booth to take a first look at our highway-ready
all-electric LiFe.

Read on for a sampling of the reviews!
 
  The Auto Channel

Steve Ford, The Car Guy at the Auto Channel, interviewed Mike McQuary
for his show:



 

Click here to watch the video.

LOS ANGELES – November 24, 2010: Wheego CEO Mike McQuary presented
the new Wheego LiFe at a Los Angeles Auto Show press conference last
Thursday and The Auto Channel – along with Steve Ford, the Car Guy –
were on hand to talk with Mike about his company and its new electric
vehicle. The full-speed 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 tax incentives, including $5,000 in California.
The Wheego LiFe comes fully-equipped with driver and passenger airbags,
anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, and power windows and locks. 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.



Look out Leaf & Volt, the Wheego
Electric Car is Almost Here


From an article by Osha Gray Davidson
 
The CarElectric.com’s number one reason for owning an all-electric vehicle
(EV) — You drive less than 40 miles per day — is a tough sell here in Phoenix,
Arizona, where sprawl is just how we’ve rolled for the last couple of
decades.



But the popularity of the new light-rail system (along with the spectacular
burst of the housing bubble) suggests that Phoenicians may be considering
a sustainable (shudder) lifestyle. What could be more fitting, after all, for a
city named after a creature that self-immolates and then rises out of its
own ashes?

Thankfully, some EVs may do just fine in Phoenix.

Take, for example, the ready-to-be-delivered-any-day, Wheego LiFe.
Although Phoenix isn’t on the list of early test markets, the Wheego could
do well here. According to company specs, the  LiFe has an optimal range
of 100 miles on a single charge.
The Nissan Leaf website does a good job of showing anticipated ranges
under different conditions.
  • Cross-town commute on a hot day: 68 miles
  • Speed: Average 49 mph
  • Temperature: 110 degrees
  • Climate control: On

Driving from a rural area into the city at an average 49 mph with the a/c
on high may produce this range. Under these conditions, climate control
combined with higher-speed driving produces increased energy
consumption, hence the effect on range.

For comparison, under optimal conditions, the Leaf also has an anticipated
100 mile range.

Even better, Phoenix is one of several test markets for charging stations
located around town. Range limits are greatly increased when you’ve got
a super-fast charging station on your route (or simply an electrical outlet
at your office garage.)

I’ve test driven the Leaf (and enjoyed its handling, acceleration, look
and silent ride), but not the Wheego. My friend and colleague,
Jim Motavalli, was the first journalist to take the Wheego for a spin, and
he seems fairly upbeat about the ride.

It’s no Tesla, but it acquitted itself well enough in a test drive around
downtown Los Angeles. Handling is much improved from my drive in
Atlanta….Wheego has moved the battery pack forward, putting more
weight on the front wheels. The car takes off well enough, but I’d like
to see a bit more top-end power for comfortable cruising on the highway.


The Wheego is just one of many EVs coming to a dealer near you in
2010-11. The tiny company may be a niche vehicle, with the big players
such as Nissan, Chevy (the Volt), Honda and Toyota dominating the
market. But Wheego isn’t afraid to make inroads in smaller more
specialized (and riskier) areas. For example: Wheego plans to offer
an all electric pickup trick in the next year or so.

Gun racks in EVs? Only in America. And especially Arizona.



Wheego electric car aims to take on Nissan, GM

By Chris Woodyard, USA Today


Photos by Chris Woodyard

Mike McQuary isn't afraid of taking on giants -- either in technology or
electric cars.

As CEO of Internet service provider MindSpring, he challenged the
dominant likes of AOL and others. Now, as CEO of Wheego Electric
Cars, he's going after Nissan and General Motors. Well, actually
he's trying to avoid them. But either way, he'll win.



He's doing it with a little two-seat electric car with 100-mile range that looks
like a Smart ForTwo, only is about 2 feet longer. The Wheego LiFe is a fun,
easy-driving little car, as Drive On discovered on a test spin. But at
$32,995 before federal and state tax breaks, it's priced nearly the same
as Nissan's five-passenger all-electric Leaf. General Motors'
extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt is even more expensive at $41,000.
McQuary says he isn't afraid. He thinks that Wheego can succeed by
offering better customer service and going on sale in cities that the
majors are bypassing for the moment. We'll see. For the moment,
the Wheego offers a lot of fun in a small package.




LA Auto Show: EV newcomers Wheego and
Coda provide alternatives to Nissan Leaf

By Rik Paul for Consumer Reports



The ongoing electrification of the car is stimulating America's entrepreneurial
spirit. Startups Fisker and Tesla Motors have gotten a lot of attention with
their pricey electric models. Now, two new companies have surfaced at
the 2010 LA Auto Show—Coda and Wheego—with small all-electric cars
aimed at mainstream buyers and innovative approaches to selling them.

Wheego, based in Atlanta, will begin delivering a two-seat electric car
next month. It's called the Wheego LiFe, a clever take on the elemental
symbols of its battery technology: lithium (li) and iron (fe).

The LiFe will retail for $32,995, which is similar to the price of the Nissan Leaf.
The $7,500 electric-car federal tax incentive would bring that down to
about $25,500. The company says the car will travel 100 miles on a full
charge, go up to 65 mph, and takes eight hours to recharge on a
220-volt circuit (about 20 hours on a 110V circuit). While the chassis and
body are built in China, Wheego says that 75 percent of the car's content
is American, as are 27 of its 30 suppliers. The LiFe is assembled in Ontario,
California.

The car will be sold through traditional auto dealerships throughout the
country. More than 20 dealers are signed on so far in states such as
California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Washington, and the
Northeast. The full dealer list is on the company's website,
www.wheego.net. Customers can also order the LiFe online and have it
shipped to them.

Keep an eye here for updates on these and other new EVs as the
electric-car era continues to gain momentum.

Press Conference With California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger




Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a longtime alternative fuel advocate,
invited Wheego and Mike McQuary to participate in a Green Car Event
and press conference at the LA Auto Show. Read Governor
Schwarzenegger’s remarks here.


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