Affordable all-electric Wheego makes world debut
Making its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Wheego has virtually no name recognition, but it's about to set a pretty big milestone in the automotive industry. In the super-competitive race to bring the first all-electric car to the American market since the Tesla Roadster, it's on track to beat out every other auto maker.
Mike McQuary, the Wheego CEO says, "This will be the first affordable all-electric car on the road, and the second available overall."
Headquartered in Atlanta, Wheego is the brainchild of Mike McQuary, the former president of Earthlink and Mindspring. The two-seater will go 100 miles per charge and, wheego says, costs about a tenth of what it costs to fuel and maintain a gas-powered car. With a sticker price of $33,000, it's about $70,000 less than the only other electric option currently available, the Tesla Roadster. With government tax incentives, you could shave another $12,000 off the price. Mike McQuary continues, "There's no exhaust pipe anywhere in the car because there's no exhaust fumes. no carbon monoxide, no pollutants in the air."
The Wheego drives and handles like a regular car. but if it's a sports car you're looking for, the Wheego's top speed is 70 mph. Experts gave the Wheego a cautious thumbs up. With the four-seater Nissan Leaf, the Coda and the electric hybrid Chevy Volt all set for release in the coming months, they advised consumers take a wait and see approach.
Mike Omotoso/sr. manager of Global Power Train Forecasting, JD Power says, "Consumers might want to wait a few years to increase their options. We're expecting electric vehicles from all major car makers in the next 2 to 3 years."
Karl Brauer, Editor-at-Large, Edmunds.com says "The next couple years it's gonna be fascinating. We're going to see more advances in the drive train technology and what's under the hood in the next 5 years than we've seen in the previous 20 years."
About 20 dealerships have signed up to sell the Wheego and that number's expected to double in time for Christmas.