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Watch out Leaf, Wheego LiFe EV hits the streets

Wheego announces the first delivery of its freeway legal LiFe electric car.

Wheego LiFe
A couple in Georgia receives the first Wheego LiFe electric car to be sold. Wheego

The tiny segment of electric cars just got a little more crowded, as Wheego announces the delivery of its first LiFe electric car today. Similar to the Nissan Leaf, the Wheego LiFe runs off lithium ion batteries, has a range of about 100 miles, and, with a top speed of 65 mph, is freeway legal.

The first delivery, which heralds the general availability of this two-seat electric runabout, went to a couple in Georgia. The car was sold through a Jim Ellis dealership in Atlanta. Wheego has dealerships signed up across the country.

The name of the LiFe, formerly called the Wheego Whip, uses the periodic table abbreviations for lithium and iron, Li and Fe. The body and chassis for the car come from Shuanghuan Automobile in China. Wheego fits it with a 60-horsepower electric motor and 30 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack.

As a two seater, the Wheego LiFe is similar in format to the Smart Electric Drive, although the Wheego uses a front-wheel-drive format and has greater range. Cabin tech in the Wheego is limited to a stereo head unit with a CD slot and USB port.

Wheego sells the LiFe for $32,995, and notes that a Federal tax credit of $7,500 may be claimed for purchasing the car.