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.
Update: Sigh. Out of business, I'm afraid, in 2013. Scroll down and discover why I just can't recommend you find a used one and carry on. (Video)
So why would I prefer the Wheego Whip to the Smart electric car? Well...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. No lease. (No, I don't smoke. Thanks for writing in.)
The Wheego Whip is also 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).
Friends, I don't like to have to say this about any electric car company, but here's what a Wheego Whip looks like only 4 years and 11k miles old, from somebody who REALLY wanted to love his used Wheego:
As always, buyer beware. Oh, how I hate falling in love and then being wrong about a cute electric car!
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