Wheego Whip: Now with Lithium!
The Wheego Whip has gone on a diet, lost a little weight, and is now officially a hottie.
This cute little NEV, in case you've never met, looks quite a bit like a Smart ForTwo, and it's a two-seater just like the Smart. It's got an AC motor, and the NEV version comes with 96 volts, so that's quite a lot of power and weight for a neighborhood electric car, don't you think? (It doesn't take 96 volts to move a small, light car peppily up to their legally-governed speed of 25-35 mph...so most NEV manufacturers go lighter.)
What those extra volts should give you is acceleration, hill-climbing ability, and the gumption to carry around two full-sized Americans.
The trade-off is that every time you add another battery, you add weight. The Wheego Whip with lead AGM batteries is heavy; 3600 pounds with batteries, according to this Autopia Wheego Whip review. It wasn't all that peppy from 0-35 mph, according to the review, but it was respectable, solid, and decently-appointed.
Wow, a grown-up urban commuter with bigger muscles than the Zenn. Okay.
But don't they still make their NEV version of the Wheego Whip? Yes, they do. There are two models now, the Wheego Whip and the Wheego Whip LiFe with lithium.
Your Virtual Wheego Test Drive
So why would I prefer the Wheego Whip to the Smart electric car (which is limitedly available in the US for lease only)? Oh, yes; because the Smart EV is limitedly available in the US for lease only. Right. You can BUY a Wheego Whip, take it home, plug it in, paint daisies on the side, and smoke in it if you're so inclined. It's YOURS.
Um, that Smart EV lease will cost you a pretty penny, too, if you can even get one now. The Wheego Whip is 11,500 USD after all the tax incentives.
And the best part: now the Wheego Whip is also getting crash-tested and fitted with a 115v set of lithium batteries so it can be a freeway-flyer. They're calling it the Wheego Whip LiFe (that's short for lithium iron phosphate).
Essentials of the 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe
More Wheego Whip LiFe Features
Because I know you like that sort of thing. What this means is that it will get up and move when you put your foot down, and honey, we all like THAT.
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The Long and the Short of it...
AutoBlogGreen heard it called the Cadillac of NEVs when they test-drove it at Marc Korchin's Green Motors electric car dealership, and I have to agree: it's more Zen than Zenn and smarter than Smart! This pocket-sized electric car has quietly shot all the way to the top of my "gotta have it" list.
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