Wheego LiFe

  • 2013 Wheego LiFe electric car   [photo:Jen Danzinger]

    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 electric running gear installed in the U.S. Wheego is still around, it turns out--unlike the defunct Coda--but it's no longer selling cars. DON'T MISS: 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe Electric Car: First Drive Report (Nov 2010) A statement from Susan Nicholson, Wheego's vice president for electronics, said: We...

  • 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
    Wheego LiFe Electric Car Granted Safety Exemptions During (or For) 2012

    In order to be sold in the U.S., all passenger cars must pass a long list of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Regulations, including advanced airbags and electric stability control. Sometimes, usually in the case of low-volume, low-emission cars, the FMVSSR may grant a temporary exemption to...

  • 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...

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