Dear Wheego Enthusiast:
Welcome to our new dealer in Marietta, Georgia! Georgia Wheego offers both the low-speed Whip and the highway-speed LiFe in their showroom on Roswell Road in Marietta, just 15 miles up the road from our headquarters in Atlanta.
Keith Cristal of Georgia Wheego shows one of his Wheego LiFe models (Photo Marietta Daily Journal)
Hole in One Wins a Wheego!
John Felder of Cayman Automotive, Winner Mike McDonald, fellow team KPMG members Niko Wittaker, Joss Morris, Andrew Schofield and Dainielle Vernon of the National Trust
Georgia Wheego owner Keith Cristal was happy to introduce the Wheego electric vehicles this month on Earth Day: “The car is fun to drive, quiet, and completely gas free. With a range of 100 miles per charge, it is a great commuter car for anyone making the daily drive to Atlanta and back – no more gas, and you can drive the Wheego LiFe solo in the High Occupancy Vehicle lane.”
Starting at $32,995, the LiFe qualifies for a $7500 Federal tax credit. In Georgia, the LiFe also qualifies for up to $5,000 in state tax credits as well as High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane privileges.
The National Trust’s annual Earth Day Golf Tournament held on April 19th
at the North Sound Golf Club in the Cayman Islands proved to be extra memorable for all involved when player Mike McDonald hit a hole-in-one to win a Wheego electric car.
“I was the first to tee-off and was simply looking to clear the lake and keep it in play,” said Mr. McDonald, an avid golfer and runner. “Initially I thought it was all over as my ball hit the water 50 yards short of the green. But instead of sinking it skipped across the water, hit the bank, hopped over an iguana onto the green and dropped in the hole. We were in disbelief as to what had just happened but when the spotters on green signaled it was in, we started cheering and immediately headed over to see it for ourselves!”
Mr. McDonald’s hole in one was particularly remarkable since Hole #5 is known to be one of the toughest on the 18-hole course. “I have not heard of a hole-in-one on that hole,” said the North Sound Club’s Director of Golf Jason Deerwester. “And, in the 2.5 years I have been at the course that is the first one in a charity tournament.”
This is the first year that the National Trust’s Earth Day golf tournament has had an electric car as a hole in one prize, an aptly Earth Day-themed vehicle supplied by Wheego dealer Cayman Automotive.
“We were so delighted that Mike won the Wheego electric car with his impressive hole in one!” said company president John Felder. “At Cayman Automotive we have spent many years promoting electric vehicles that provide a green alternative for drivers in Cayman, and for this to happen at the National Trust Earth Day Golf Tournament which we proudly sponsored could not have been more fitting. We hope this inspires more people in Cayman to consider choosing an electric vehicle.”
The National Trust is Cayman’s only non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Islands’ historic sites and environmental heritage. The annual golf tournament represents a key fundraising event for the organization.
Kroger Grocery Chain to Install 225 Additional Electric Car Chargers
The LA Times reports that Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain, will spend $1.5 million installing Ecotality’s Blink charging stations at 125 stores in Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego.
Kroger will install 225 new stations in all, bringing their total to 300. The grocery chain already has chargers in Oregon, Washington, and Texas.
So far, 37 Ralphs stores in Southern California have been selected, including locations in Pasadena, Malibu, Anaheim and San Diego, said Davin Jader, national account manager for Ecotality. The company already has installed chargers at a Ralphs in Santa Monica. More locales will be chosen in the coming months.
Kroger is the latest in a string of retailers to install charging stations in their parking lots. Whole Foods, Walgreen and Ikea have all added ways for drivers to juice up their electric cars at select locations.
Retailers view the chargers as a way to attract eco-conscious consumers and burnish their green credentials. "It's an opportunity to provide something additional to consumers who own electric vehicles," said Don Anair, research director of Union of Concerned Scientists' Clean Vehicles Program. "It could either get those people to visit their stores over competitors' or to spend more time in store as their vehicles are charging."
The Wheego LiFe in Georgia Tech’s Earth Day 2013 EV Lineup
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