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Old 01-30-2010, 02:26 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Looks like an interesting car. I checked the website and it looks kinda like a Smart. Very cool though. How many customers do you get at the Electric Vehicle store? I live in the south metro, so its suprising to hear that there is a place that sells EVs nearby.

Most cars last around an average of 10-30 years, depending on quality. You cant expect a Mitsubishi Starion or Chevy Vega to be running in 2030, but you can expect your Corolla will run until at least 2020 and beyond. Electric cars, we dont have a good number. In theory they should last a very long time as long as the batteries are replaced every now and again.

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Old 01-30-2010, 01:58 PM   #22 (permalink)
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look at what is for sale for used vehicles, it's hard to find anything older then 10 years old, 10 year old cars tend to be pretty cheap, the last few times I tried to sell a 15 year old car half the calls I got were from people who wanted to buy it for scrap or parts, cars that ran and were being driven.


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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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I drive a 12 year old Ford that is utterly worthless. It drives, that is all it does. Cars simply don't last that long, unless they are summer only cars.

If you don't drive it in the salt, keep it clean, and keep an eye on things, I'm sure the Wheego will last 20 years or more. Otherwise, it will probably fall apart in 15 years just like any other car

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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.
NEVs get standard passenger car plates in Minnesota. The car in question is the prototype running the Discover CG8 gel pack. It is the same car I drove on the freeway. The owner put a full belly pan on it ^.^

Ryland, did we meet? I'm the skinny blond guy who looks like he's 12 years old. I drove a Miles ZX40 to the meeting.

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look at what is for sale for used vehicles, it's hard to find anything older then 10 years old, .
Anyone looking for a car or an EV over 10 years old - this is your lucky day!
'93 Ford Probe owned by a little old lady for years!
1994 City-EL EV convertible
'95 Ford Aspire owned by a little old man for years!

but I cannot figure out which bridge this is from....
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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.

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The September 2009 article I cited was the *obsolete* lead-acid version at ~3600 lbs. Your version is lithium at ~2400 lbs. I just wanted to post a "driver's impression" article. Probably not fair because it was the heavy one.

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As far as I know, that Wheego Ryland saw is car number one. The first. It weighs 2400ish, we hauled it on a snowmobile trailer behind a hybrid. The lithium version weighs the same but has much higher capacity for energy storage.
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What can I say? California likes old cars.
So true! We have no snow, no road salt, and very little rust where I live. I just got a letter from a towing company in San Jose, "come get your car". I had sold a '94 Thunderbird a few years ago and someone kept buying tags until they needed my drivers license number for the smog test.

So they kept it in storage since they had no ID - $540. worth. If someone wants another old car - they can have the T-bird! Pay the storage and it's yours.

My brother has a Smart, and it is nearly impossible for me to get into because of the rounded doors. Almost identical rounded door bottoms as the Wheego.

I am one Californian that wants something newer that I can get parts for easily, but old Fords make the move so hard by being so easy to use.
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