Wheego Electric Cars CEO Mike McQuary Web2Carz

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I realized that electric-car were people who are unafraid to try new

heego Electric Cars appeared on the scene in 2009 a two-seat compact car called the Whip. The Georgia-based company has begun to make a name for in the electric-car community and shows of longevity.

Web2Carz had the opportunity to to Wheego’s CEO Mike McQuary the history and his vision on the company’s

My last large career was starting up the internet service Mindspring. We weren’t the first and there were a lot of big competitors in the but our focus was about offering the possible internet experience, and to end we always focused on the customer and having the best technology to it up. We grew to be the second largest ISP in the behind AOL (every year I was involved we won the JD Powers Award for ISP) and then conducted a with the third largest ISP which we named Earthlink.

I stayed on as president and CEO of Earthlink and I left we had five million subscribers.

Jumping forward a few I was watching the documentary, Who Killed the Car? I wasn’t so much by the story of how the legislation was overturned and the were pulled back. But I was by the drivers that were who said things like, loved my electric car and was sad when took it away” or “I buy another one tomorrow if I could”.The time I ever heard in a voice of a consumer in my career had in my early days at Mindspring grateful customers would us things like, “I Mindspring and got two co-workers to sign up for service and here’s 10 extra because I don’t want you to go out of

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Why did that with you?


Well, I knew that of customer and consumer base well from my days of at Mindspring. And, I realized electric-car owners were who maybe weren’t complete about technology, but who are also to try new technology, particularly if they get the proper hand holding and service that would them feel comfortable in any questions about the product. And that, innately said, it like these people an electric car and I wondered if I could them one.

That set me the venture that eventually Wheego Electric Cars.

Did you you’d find the same amidst the established competitors, Tesla Motors who have been in the electric-car business for a

The Wheego Life.

So, the factual differs from the psychological but since people’s buying are driven by that psychological we knew that our cars needed to go 100 miles on a charge. since people were about the technology we also the cars had to work reliably; we the car couldn’t be complicated to recharge and be able to just plug it in and that’ its charging. We also people would have about any new technology.

Where you’re combining the software and hardware, there are issues and you’d want to get on the phone right away at the that could talk through their issues. We our drivers to be our biggest advocates or evangelists for our product and we want telling their neighbor or that its a great car and they consider it the next time buying a car. We don’t want to be the biggest company but we to have the happiest customers.

The other thing we’re on is making the car as affordable as possible. has done a marvelous job validating the car space but frankly it’s a set of people who could afford to for an automobile.

And while I think they’re at what they do they’re a completely different marketing than we are. Our mission is to an affordable automobile and make cars a significant segment of personal transportation needs. is going to be the dominant provider of in the luxury segment we’re for the affordable car segment-both sport and high end luxury sedans-their are Mercedes Benz and BMWs. really at the other end of the spectrum and trying to make the most electric car.

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I can’t see us selling a car priced over 55 dollars.

Let’s talk the benefits of owning an electric

Affordability at the gas pump for one, and people’s personal home by reducing the amount of money spending on gasoline.They also clean air issues. In our major cities air quality is an issue and zero emissions contributing to problem, you’ll absolutely be a lot of carbon from the atmosphere driving a gas powered car. a lot of debate raging about change but if you listen to the leading our carbon emissions are affecting in the global climate and electric are a significant improvement upon and could be part of that a as well.

On the political spectrum, in the US in particular, our policies have been dictated on our dependence on foreign oil and if we unyoke ourselves from we’ll make better policy decisions.

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What about who say that there are still to be adverse effects on the environment electricity because there’s being burned. Are we trading one of pollution for another?

What to be done to influence the public’s about the benefits of electric

A lot of it is simple education. When you get to the facts and science its really But it’s a lot easier from a perspective to make it a political

I think clearly most politicians (left or right) are to say that electric cars are a thing but you’re also to get the radicals on both sides who going to listen to facts and be and emotional about what think people should be But over time facts bear out and rational thinking is to replace the political rhetoric and that happens electric will be adopted more and

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