Electric City Cars
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The original concept of a City Car is that it would be faster than a low speed vehicle (LSV) but not as fast as a full speed vehicle. The idea started out with speed abilities on the order of 55 mph with a battery range of 50 miles or so on a charge. That was close to the original Think City. The three-wheel Sparrow was in this category as well only with one less wheel.

The offerings that are coming soon have taken tehe next step and can go up to 70 mph. These are mini-compact vehicles designed for getting around the city. Their primary place is in keeping up on all neighborhood streets including the faster primary corridors. These newer versions work on local highways and stay with the flow of traffic. Then to, many freeways are so heavily congested that these vehicles can hop on the freeway when the traffic is going a reasonable speed.
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When Freeways Do Not Work
These highly efficient vehicles will

     The Wheego Whip

     The Think City

     The Smart fortwo

The last two have found a niche in Europe and have adequate features that the manufacturers are willing to take on the safety requirements in this country. The Wheego is a similar vehicle specifically designed for the US that is scheduled to be available this year.
Here are key specifications about these vehicles.
Click on the photo's on this page to go to the websites for each vehicle.
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The specification on these vehicles is for top speeds in the 60 mph plus range and below the 80 mph of the full speed vehicles coming to market. These vehicles do however have the same quality and safety elements. The price point should make them competitive for niche markets.

These are clearly Local Use Vehicles in the USA. They have very high energy efficiency with a good mix of battery capacity that makes them affordable. Developing manufacturers and gliders conversion capacity in this country would be a solid step for jobs and energy independence

The Wheego is basically a glider conversion vehicle that is already creating jobs in California and other states. They are producing a low speed version of the vehicle now while reengineering a similar model for the higher speed.
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Status

Production test cars,

Availability

US in second half of 2010

Projected Price

Retails for $32,995

 

Tax credit available

Job Factors

US Company and Technology,

 

75% U.S. content,

 

Assembled in Ontario

Range

100 mile

Charge Time

10-hour charge time at 240VAC

 

5 hours from 50% to 100% SOC 220-volt plug,

 

Optional 110 volt

Top Speed

70 mph

Website

www.wheego.net

 

Status

Available overseas

Availability

250 vehicle import
projection in 2010

 

Consumers in 2012

Projected Price

$600/month to lease
the first 250 vehicles

Job Factors

Fully European technology

 

No plans for US production

Range

82 mile

Charge Time

8 hours standard 220 volt plug

 

More time on 110 volt

 

3.5 hours to 80% charge on 220 volts

Top Speed

60 mph

Website

www.smartusa.com/electricdrive/

 
Electric fortwo Smart Car
Wheego Whip LiFe (pictured above)

 

Status

Available overseas,

Availability

Import projection 2010

Projected Price

$600/month lease

Job Factors

Fully European technology

 

US production possible

Range

100 Miles

Charge Time

13 hours standard 220-volt plug,

 

9.5 hours to 80% charge on 220 volts

 

No mention of 110 volt

Top Speed

70 mph

Website

www.thinkev.com/The-THINK-City

 

MSVs are a key element in getting safe Local Use Vehicles on the road. Click here to learn more.
Converting from gas to electric has great potential for jobs and oil reductions. Click here to learn more.
There are a whole range of other vehicles that fit the LUV vision. Watch here for a link to learn more.
Full speed electric cars are safe Local Use Vehicles. Click here to learn more.
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Since the City Car idea came into play there have been only a few such vehicles in highly congested cities in areas with limited freeway speed capacity. One thing that holds these vehicles back is that a 55 mph vehicle goes fast enough that it would need all the safety features of a full size vehicle.

That is why the three vehicles are coming soon. They have satisfied all the crash test and safety requirements and have the speed we need, very exciting developments.
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