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Wheego Electric Cars

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    Several U.S. electric-car companies have gotten help from Chinese investors.

  • 2013 Wheego LiFe electric car   [photo:Jen Danzinger]
    Wheego Electric Cars Fade From Market; China Is The Future, Company Says

    With hundreds of thousands of plug-in electric cars from established automakers (and Tesla) on North American roads, most earlier startup carmakers have now largely faded away. One is Wheego Electric Cars, which took the same approach as Coda: Adapt a Chinese-built vehicle with a battery pack and...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2013 Wheego LiFe electric cars  [photo: Jen Danzinger]
    Driving Small Electric Cars: What It's Like In The Real World

    Reader Jen Danzinger explains what it's really like to drive a very small battery-electric car year-round in the Midwest. In the years following my participation in the Progressive Automotive X-Prize, I have watched with keen interest as major car companies introduced electric vehicles into their...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    'Not Dead Yet!' Wheego Still Selling Electric Cars

    Want proof of how topsy-turvy the electric car industry is? Just look at the last few months: We've seen Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] turning a profit, Coda Automotive filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and Fisker Automotive laying motionless, the industry ready to read the last rites. And then there's...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Tough To Be Wheego: Germany Crushes Electric Car From 'Hand-To-Mouth' Startup

    It's hard to start a car company. Really, really, really, really, really hard. Which is why little Wheego Electric Cars is having a tough time of it at the moment. Last week, CEO Mike McQuary told industry trade journal Automotive News that the company was "living hand-to-mouth" and that its first...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe electric car
    Wheego CEO Says Electric-Car Company Survives “Hand to Mouth”

    Atlanta-based Wheego Electric Cars Inc may have just delivered its first all-electric two-seat LiFe, but it is also fighting for its life. Talking candidly to Lindsay Chappell from Automotive News, Wheego CEO Mike McQuary painted a bleak picture of the firm and its future. “My constraint is...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe electric car

    Late last week a couple in Atlanta, Georgia became the first owners of the latest battery electric car to hit the roads, the 2011 Wheego LiFe. Handed over to commemorate Earth Day 2011, the small electric car which bears a passing resemblance to the 2011 Smart ForTwo electric drive is the first highway capable car from the small automaker. But unlike other electric cars hitting the roads this year, the LiFe has a relatively short waiting list and to date has attracted very little in the way of media attention. We’re not surprised. At $32,995 before federal and state tax credits, the...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Wheego Electric Vehicle Featured At 2011 Denver Auto Show

    In the electric car realm there are many players, a lot of them small. So if we asked you if you had heard of a Wheego, you wouldn’t be alone if your answer was no. That is the fun of auto shows and in the Rocky Mountain region, the 2011 Denver Auto Show is living up to the reputation of...

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    Electric Car Startups To Square Off Against Big Auto Competition

    Competition is heating up in the electric car sector, and the next few years will be a challenging testing ground for startups looking to gain a foothold among consumers as more and more major automakers launch electric and hybrid cars. Some startups have lofty ambitions. Electric car startup Coda...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe electric car
    Can U.S. Buyers Warm To Two-Seat Battery Electric City Cars?

    Is small the new large? In the next few months we’ll see three different electric vehicles hit the market from automakers keen to break into the city car market. But historically two-seat cars have made up less than 2% of total U.S. car sales. Why would an electric car be any different?...

  • 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2011 Wheego Whip LiFe Electric Car: First Drive Report

    The 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe is a small, two-seat electric car from a startup company you've never heard of with an unusual name. It doesn't have the fit, finish, or driving quality of a 2011 Nissan Leaf or the Japanese-market Mitsubishi "i" we tested two years ago. And it's only got two seats, which...

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