Wheego LiFe EV waiting for EPA approval, 5-passenger EV and pickup in the works

Wheego LiFe

At the 2010 LA Auto Show last week, Wheego Electric Cars Inc. said that it will launch sales of its electric LiFe across the U.S. in mid-December. The company is still waiting on Environmental Protection Agency certification that is needed to begin selling the car.

“We’re confident that we’ll have it in time,” said Mike McQuary, CEO of Wheego. “The U.S. government is committed to encouraging EV use.”

McQuary said that Wheego has 22 dealers on standby waiting to sell the LiFe. The LiFe is a two passenger compact electric-car powered by a lithium-ion battery. On a full charge, which takes up to 5 hours through a 240V outlet, the LiFe gets a range of 100 miles. It makes up to 60-hp and has a top speed of 70 mph. Pricing starts at $32,995.

Wheego also has plans to launch 5-passenger EV in the fourth quarter of 2011 followed by a compact pickup in early 2012.

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– By: Stephen Calogera

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