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Old 01-29-2010, 04:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It sounds similar to the Th!nk City? Which is starting production next year in Indiana, with EnerDel batteries that are also made in Indiana. They say that some units made in Finland will be sold in this country later this year... ~125 mile range, 70mph, price ~$22K (IIRC), 2+2 seating, made recycled materials.

I like the Th!nk City.




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Old 01-29-2010, 05:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I want a TH!NK too

They are so cute and durable. I hope my employer carries them when they come out.
But, Think does have a pretty atrocious track record. They have gone bankrupt 4 times in less than 20 years. I'll believe that car is coming when I drive one.

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Oh, good, specs!



28KWh, 2435lbs. I guesstimate 0.57m˛ drag area (6.1ft˛), which means it'll require around 11kW at the wheels at 65mph, so the 100mi range claim is very plausible.

Aside from the top speed of 65mph, it appears to be a "real car". Excluding the batteries, can we expect it to last 15-20 years like a real car?

How much will it cost?
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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On the upside, I passed a Santa Fe in an electric car

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...uh, which Santa Fe, was that? (a) the CITY in New Mexico, (b) the LOCOMOTIVE train, or (c) the Hyundai SUV vehicle?

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Oval_Overload -

Een-tay-rest-ink. Here is an article on the *previous* lead-acid based Whip, so the specs are out of date :

Wheego Whip EV: Function Follows Form | Wired.com - September 2009

Lots of Wheego stuff here :

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The Wheego will be using batteries and controls from Flux Power:
Flux Power Wins Wheego | socalTECH.com
And Flux Power was started by Chris Anthony, who was the cofounder of Aptera.
Flux Power Wins Wheego - ApteraForum.com - Unofficial Aptera Car Forum
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...uh, which Santa Fe, was that? (a) the CITY in New Mexico, (b) the LOCOMOTIVE train, or (c) the Hyundai SUV vehicle?
A) I'm in Minnesota
B ) Challenging trains is generally considered bad crossing-arm karma
C ) We have a winner *boob lady hands over giant cardboard check*

Carlos, the weight quoted on that article is off by about a thousand pounds.
I don't know why they are complaining about the acceleration... the NEV version will break the tires loose on dry pavement.

RobertSmalls... good call on the maths
IF the Th!nk gets released, it will probably be cheaper than the Whip.

Wheego's business model seems to be avoid taking on debt whenever possible. They got their feet wet building ATVs, then they learned car building making NEV's, and now they are making the jump to highway legal cars. Baby steps.
Th!nk took the opposite approach... Jump straight into car building with a big pile of money. Then the money ran out. Then Fjord put up a pile of money, which ran out. Then the Swiss put in a pile of money, which ran out. Then the Finns, and the saga continues...

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Aside from the top speed of 65mph, it appears to be a "real car". Excluding the batteries, can we expect it to last 15-20 years like a real car?
what car lasts 15-20 years? current cars on the road are designed to last 7.5 years according to what I have heard on the radio, sure I've never owned anything that new and my EV that I drive is 29 years old and still working great with pretty much everything original and stock other then a new set of batteries.
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Was that black WheeGo at the Electric Auto Association meeting this new model? I looked at the plates on it and I didn't think they were NEV plates, but then I don't see alot of those plates.
My civic VX was parked right next to it so it was hard to miss.
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what car lasts 15-20 years? current cars on the road are designed to last 7.5 years according to what I have heard on the radio...
Don't believe everything you hear on the radio. Just about any Honda or Toyota will outlast that. (100K miles is just the break-in period on a Honda.) My Toyota pickup can even legally run on ethanol now, since it just turned 21 :-)

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