Low speed electric vehicle manufacturer Wheego, which recently debuted its Whip EV in dealers across the country, is showcasing at the Washington Auto Show this week a prototype of a “full-speed version” of the Whip. It is called the Whip LiFe and it is said it will price around $32,000 before tax credits and should be available by mid-year.
The Whip LiFe, which Autoblog Green covered the public unveiling of, will run on lithium-ion batteries. It is projected to go up to 100 miles on a full charge, taking up to eight hours to charge via a standard wall outlet. A snap shot Autoblog Green caught of vehicle specs shows the Whip LiFe will be capable of a maximum speed of 65 MPH and driven by a brushless electric motor with a peak horsepower of 60 and torque of 95 ft. lbs. It will hold two passengers, has front wheel drive, a variety of interior cabin comforts, five different exterior colors and a mix of standard safety features. It is definitely a small car, with a length of slightly under 10 feet, a width of around 5.3 feet and a height of 5.25 feet.
“This car will shake up the landscape of the American auto industry,” said Wheego CEO Mike McQuary in a statement. “This summer, it will be fully crash-tested and highway-ready. Americans are eager to step up to the plate and take charge of our energy independence and address environmental issues; all we have lacked is the right car for the job…Wheego will answer that call.”