Review 2009 WheeGo Whip NEV Challenge To Smart ForTwo?

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Review: 2009 WheeGo NEV — Challenge To Smart

2009 WheeGo Whip NEV

So why is (emphasis on CAR) reviewing a electric vehicle? Valid

Answer: Because WheeGo has us that their 2009 NEV will make the transition a fully highway capable sometime next year, so could be an up-and-coming competitor to the smart fortwo. Our test opportunity gave us a look whether the Whip genuinely is a car, or some  third-world that’s only refined for drivers who are used to steering an ox with a switch.

First, here’s what we nearly production ready Whip NEV and an early prototype of will become the 2010 HSV (high-speed vehicle).

Background imports fully completed from China produced by the Automobile Company that are meaning they have no (In China, the vehicle — a Noble — have four-cylinder engines matched to manual transmissions.) The all-steel arrive stateside with DOT seats, safety belts, and tires. Even the low-speed of the Whip could be considered a real car.

2008 Jetta and 2009 WheeGo NEV

Styling . Just looking at the makes you think the Whip is a fortwo knockoff. In reality, the general shape is familiar, but no knockoff. For starters, the car is a foot than the smart, and the hood/front end is longer proportionally.

Unlike the the powertrain is up front, not under the cargo floor. That in the Whip is populated with Along with being than the fortwo, the Whip is four inches wider and a bit

Overall, this is a substantial as can be seen in the above photo next to a 2008 Volkswagen

Powertrain . To become NEVs, the Whips hit an Ontario, CA assembly an electric powertrain is installed the gas engine used to be. A single motor that produces 110 torque that puts out a 10 horsepower with 40 peak Sophisticated lead acid (12 eight-volt advanced glass-mat cells) are good for real-world of about 40 miles.

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The Whip NEV is limited to 25 mph or 35 mph depending on state for these vehicles. Charge is about eight hours a nearly dead battery Showing  high degree of the motor drives the wheels the Noble’s five-speed transmission the linkage locked in second

Brakes are economy-car standards; up front, drums in the rear. is up to around 2500 lbs.


versions get these major a more powerful motor (55 at up to 3500 rpm), an FE-type battery array, and four-wheel brakes with ABS. The but more powerful batteries the Whip by 400 pounds. High-speed will be limited to approximately 60

This vehicle’s expected is over 100 miles on a single meaning a typical driver be able to go 2-3 days without a

The WheeGo Whip offers of room for two, a car-like and high seating position is as tall as many crossovers.

. The Whip feels like any current Asian economy car Hyundai Accent from The seats offer good door panels look and the equipment level is fully up to For example, the standard audio is from JVC and incorporates Bluetooth and MP3

Unlike most NEVs, the has a fully functional HVAC with air conditioning.

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