As a low-speed/medium-speed vehicle, the Whip will be permitted to drive on streets with a
maximum speed of 35 mph. Its sealed lead acid battery has enough juice to keep it moving about 40 miles on a single charge.
There are too much interesting with Wheego. The chassis, made in China, is based on the Smart-like Noble platform from Shuanghuan Automobile. Other bits and pieces such as suspension components, brakes and the like are sourced from hither and yon. The motor, drive-train controller and electronic components are designed, engineered and manufactured here in America.
The Whip Life is a big deal, because getting plug-in cars on the market has become a competitive race. Some journalist said from MNN’s Wheego will have fierce competition in the next year, not only from established players such as Nissan (the Leaf) and Chevrolet (the Volt plug-in hybrid), but also start-ups such as Coda (the Coda sedan), Think (Think City, the closest in approach to the Whip), Fisker (the luxury, performance-oriented Karma) and others. Tesla plans a mass-market car as its third entry, once it gets the high-speed Model S sedan on the market.
For the new Whip LiFe it can go up to 65 MPH and have a range of round 100 miles per charge, according to Wheego. Assembled in Ontario, Calif., the car will use battery packs from Flux Power, a Vista, Calif. company led by Aptera co-founder Chris Anthony.
As we know that, electric cars play well with urbanites, which often have to maneuver in tight parking spaces. The fuel-free vehicles, once a niche marketed to environmentalists, are gaining broader appeal in the midst of a global recession and volatile gas prices.