Wheego planning to launch its electric cars in US, despite not having EPA certification

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 24, 2010

Despite not having a Environmental Protection Agency certification, Wheego Electric Cars Inc. seeks to sell its cars in the United States in mid-December 2010. The EPA's emission certification is a formality for battery-driven vehicles since they have no emissions.

However, the EPA's formal approval has kept other would-be U.S. automakers waiting in the past. Wheego's CEO Mike McQuary is confident that the company will get the certification in time.

Speaking recently at the Los Angeles Auto Show, McQuary said that the Atlanta-based electric-vehicle start-up firm has 22 dealers ready to sell its small electric: LiFe. Moreover, McQuary vowed that Wheego will deliver and sell cars to consumers in any U.S. market that is not represented by a dealer once sales begin.

LiFe, engineered in the U.S. and using a body built in China, generates 60 hp and can reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour.

McQuary says Wheego plans to offer a five-passenger car in the fourth quarter of 2011 and a compact pickup based on such a car in early 2012. LiFe, a two-passenger vehicle, is driven on an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. [via autonews - sub. required]

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