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November 2009

Dear Wheego Enthusiast:
Happy Holidays!
As the end of 2009 approaches, remember that many of the Federal
and State tax credits are
going to decrease or expire at the end of
December. The Federal Tax Credit for a Wheego 
purchased in
2009 is $7500. As of now, the Federal Tax Credit for a Wheego
purchased 
next year is expected to be 10% of the purchase price
or around $2000. If you are on 
the fence about buying a Wheego,
now is the time to act! Contact your local
dealer or our office to
get started.

Dealers
Welcome to our new dealers:
 
Electric Golf Car Distributors in Rancho Mirage, CA
The Village Golf Cart Man in The Villages, Lady Lake, FL
 
We are continuing to actively recruit new dealers. If you know of
someone in
your area who would be a good fit, please send their
name to our president,
Jeff Boyd.


DOE Loan
Wheego has applied for a Department of Energy Advanced
Technology Vehicles
Manufacturing Loan. This is a low interest loan
($22,500,000) for manufacturing
vehicles that are 25% more efficient
than the overall vehicle class average. 
Our application met the initial
DOE requirements and is currently undergoing detailed
review of the
technical aspects of the full speed vehicle that we are planning to
introduce
next year. We expect to hear more from the DOE before
the end of this year.
 
 
Ask McQ
This month’s question for Wheego CEO Mike McQuary is:

Q: What is involved in crash testing the Whip to make it
highway capable?

McQ:  "Homologation" (a fancy word for meeting NHTSA safety
requirements) in
the U.S. is actually a self-certification process.
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, whose self-
stated mission is to save lives, prevent injuries
and reduce
vehicle-related crashes, creates the safety specifications that
all
cars sold in the U.S. must meet. The crash test portion of this
certification
includes front, back and side impact tests, as well as
a roof crush test.
There are several crash test centers around the
world that conduct these
tests and produce results that tell you if
you have met the NHTSA
specifications. If you do not pass, you
make modifications and try again-
it is an iterative process. In
addition, before actually running the cars into
the wall (sleds are
used to push them into the barriers at specific speeds
and angles)
it is possible to conduct computer simulations and calculations
that
will guide you in the process of making the car safer. After self-
certifying
that you have met all of the specifications, NCAP (a
division of NHTSA)
follows-up and tests most vehicles themselves
and provides consumers
with vehicle safety information, primarily
front and side crash rating results,
and more recently rollover
ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle
purchase decisions. The
rating results are an easily recognizable star
rating system from
1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest.
 
If you have a question you’d like McQ to answer, please email it
to
press@wheego.net.
 
Just in Time for Holiday Shopping –
 
Check out the Wheego gear at:

http://www.cafepress.com/wheego

 

…t-shirts, bags and lots more!


 
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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