WHEEGO ELECTRIC CARS, a U.S. manufacturer of all-electric cars, today delivered the first Wheego LiFe, a highway-speed 100% electric car, on Earth Day- April 22, 2011.
“We are very proud of this car and the American spirit that it represents,” said Mike McQuary, CEO of Wheego Electric Cars. “The delivery of our first Wheego LiFe electric car culminates four years of research and development, and is perfectly timed to support President Obama’s Energy Plan. President Obama will direct Federal agencies to buy 100 percent alternative fuel vehicles by 2015, and is asking for a major increase in fuel economy for 2017-2025 model year automobiles. The Wheego LiFe is ready to help meet that demand: it is affordable, all-electric, and available across the country now.”
The first owners of a Wheego LiFe are Asma and Kevin Henry, residents of the Virginia Highland neighborhood in Atlanta. Jimmy Ellis, VP and COO of Jim Ellis Automotive Dealerships, the first dealer in Georgia to deliver a full-speed electric car, presented the Henrys with their car at the Jim Ellis dealership at 5855 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, at 10:30 a.m. on April 22nd.
Kevin says buying a Wheego LiFe was his wife’s idea. Asma, a freelance consultant in international assistance programs, is committed to protecting the environment and reducing fossil fuel consumption. She walks and bikes to neighborhood shops, prefers fresh air to conditioned air, and dries laundry in the back garden. She has more than a casual interest in zero-emission vehicles and clean air because she helps manage the charity Speranta Terrei, which supports patients in Moldova with the air-borne disease tuberculosis. Asma said, “We as individuals have to do our part so we can all breathe easier.”
“Asma Henry’s commitment to helping the environment, and to her charity are inspiring to us, and we are excited that she is the owner of the first Wheego LiFe,” said McQuary.
The 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 incentives such as tax credits (up to $5,000 in Georgia) and HOV lane access. The Wheego LiFe comes fully-equipped with driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, power windows and locks, and optional air conditioning. 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. The Wheego line of electric vehicles are sold through a nationwide dealer network; for an up-to-date list, visit the Wheego dealer listing athttp://wheego.net/more/dealer-list/.