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From Autobloggreen: Wheego Whip? Watt?

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle), China, USA

RTEV, the company behind Ruff and Tuff electric ATVs, and Shuanghuan Automobile Company have formed a partnership that will see the Wheego Whip arrive in the US by May of 2009. Wheego is the street division of the Atlanta-based company and is now headed by former Miles Electric Vehicles COO, Jeff Boyd. If you are looking at the picture above and thinking, “Dude, that’s a Smart Fortwo!”, you’d be wrong because this, my friends, is a Shuanghuan Noble upon which the Whip (E-Noble outside the US) will be based.

The Whip is said to be capable of 60 mph but will be restricted to Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) status in America until it can pass Department of Transportion muster. Able to travel 50 miles on a charge, the notsoSmart car will be packing (AGM) batteries for now. The bodies will be built in China but will have their electronics and powertrain installed in the US. Get all the details in the press release after the break plus a bonus video of a Whip prototype getting checked out on an episode of Talking with Tami.

[Source: RTEV / YouTube]


RTEV and Shuanghuan Automobile Announce Electric Car Partnership

U.S. and Chinese Companies Combine Efforts to Produce and Market Electric Cars Internationally

Last update: 9:55 a.m. EST Nov. 19, 2008 ATLANTA and SHIJIAZHUANG CITY, China, Nov 19, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — RTEV (Ruff & Tuff Electric Vehicles) and Shuanghuan Automobile Company announced today that they have formed a partnership to produce and market affordable all-electric cars for sale around the world. The first automobile will be a two-seat compact car that will be launched in the United States in May 2009. It will be marketed exclusively by RTEV under the Wheego Whip name in North America and by Shuanghuan Automobile as the Electric Noble (E-Noble) in the rest of the world.

While the car is capable of speeds of 95 kHz (60 mph) it will be sold to different countries specifically designed to meet the safety requirements of the particular country. For example in the U.S. it will be launched as a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV- 25 mph max) or Medium Speed Vehicle (MSV- 35 mph max) depending on local state regulations, until it passes U.S. Department of Transportation safety crash requirements, which is expected sometime in early 2010.

The E-Noble will be manufactured by Shuanghuan at their factory in Shijiahuang. While the Wheego Whip will be based on the Noble platform, it will undergo final assembly, including the motor, drive train, controller, electronic components and be programmed in the U.S. The cars will feature environmentally friendly dry cell sealed (AGM) batteries, which require no maintenance and feature an on-board high tech charger. The car will travel 80 kilometers (50 miles) on a single charge-and plug in for a recharge on any standard household 110 or 220-volt electrical outlet.

“What has really impressed us with Shuanghuan is their attention to detail in providing a high-quality fit and finish and smooth ride to the car,” explained Mike McQuary, RTEV CEO. “Once we locked down the systems and components for a high quality electric drive system, we undertook a global search for a car manufacturer that would meet our expectations of a driving experience that was seamless when compared to its gasoline counterparts. While several car companies that we talked to had solid mechanical systems, it was Shuanghuan that emerged with a commitment to meet the quality standards that American drivers have come to expect in an automobile. Their production of the gas powered Noble gave them a great head start, in that it was more a matter of adaptation of a vehicle, rather than trying to develop something from scratch. They share our vision and see the important potential for the emergence of an electric car as an everyday part of consumer transportation.”

“When we were first approached by RTEV, it was their passion that first got our attention. There have been several companies that have approached us and bought one or two cars and tried to convert them to electric. But it was RTEV that quickly emerged as the technology leader for electric vehicles. Combine this with their successful track record as a management team in other ventures and we knew we had made the right choice for a partner,” said Shuanghuan General Manager Cheng Bing.

“There is a perfect storm of macro-events that are causing people around the world to take inventory of their personal habits and their effect on the environment across a wide spectrum which includes transportation, and RTEV is entering the marketplace at this pivotal time,” said McQuary, former president of internet service providers MindSpring and EarthLink. “The long-held assumption has been that electric vehicles are quirky and impractical for everyday use, and are of interest to only a small group of eco-friendly consumers. We believe that our vehicles appeal to a huge market segment and will fill a middle market demand gap at the right time, with the right vehicles, and a with national dealer network to provide service and support.”

Shuanghuan Automobile Company has been making cars since 1988. Its current car models include the SCEO SUV and the Noble. The company is focused on zero defect manufacturing processes and passed the ISO9000 quality control system certification in 2000, and gained 3C constraint products certification in 2003.

About RTEV

RTEV is an innovation-driven and environmentally-conscious manufacturer of Electric Vehicles (EVs). RTEV is comprised of two divisions, Ruff & Tuff and Wheego. The company currently features recreational vehicles under its Ruff & Tuff brand, and street legal cars under the Wheego brand. RTEV is led by an experienced management team that includes McQuary; President Bo Huff, who brings twenty-one years of experience in the electric vehicle industry; and Jeff Boyd a 25 year automotive industry veteran who was most recently the CEO of electric car company Miles Motors. Privately held, RTEV is based in Atlanta, GA with distribution points in Winnsboro, SC; Baton Rouge Louisiana; and Long Beach, CA.

On the Electric Eagle G-Car

Eagle G-Car

Personally I find this to be one of the most exotic electric vehicles out there.  This is the Eagle G-Car from G Car Motors Inc. of the Philippines. It made some news about a year ago, and I haven’t really found any updates on the NEV. The top speed is about 25 mph and is capable of running 50 miles on a charge. Charging takes about 4-6 hours. What intrigues me about this car is the price. Prices range from 140,000 to 280,000 pesos, about 3,300 to 6,600 USD.  I would buy that car right now! If the street laws permitted me to drive around town in zones under 50mph. Apparently, it can be registered as a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) in Canada and the United States. Click on picture below to read the official brochure.

Check out the G Car Motors site, where you can find some more info and possibly order one. It hasn’t been updated since January and I emailed them see if there were any developments. No response, but I hope they are doing well, because these are very economical electric vehicles. However, I imagine they would have a tough time passing many safety standards in most countries.

Here is a video of the car in action:

Update on BG Automotive

I have some more info on BG Automotive and an official press release. The official name of their upcoming NEV will be the BG C100. While the first C100 will be available in November of this year, the vehicles will not be ready to be delivered to the mass market until the first quarter of 2009. The BG 100 will be a low-speed vehicle, but it will be the safest NEV on the market, with duel airbags and a heavy steel body, as opposed to fiberglass, plastic, or carbon fiber. For more information go to www.bgelectriccars.com.

Official Press Release: Oct. 3, 2008

First Mass-Produced Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Available for Sale in North America

PHILADELPHIA, October 3, 2008 – The future of transportation has arrived, and the outlook is even greener than before: it’s safe, affordable and electric. With the release of the new neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV), the C100, BG Automotive Group, Ltd. (BG) is giving a hopeful solution to the energy crisis in today’s economy. As gas prices rise people are forced to choose between buying gas and food or prescription drugs. A solution is now available to curb our dependence on foreign oil, and BG Automotive Group, Ltd. is now ready to market the C100 for delivery first quarter 2009.

“Rising gas prices and the state of the economy make it the right time to introduce the C100, America’s first mass produced Neighborhood Electric Vehicle,” said Barry Bernsten, president of BG Automotive Group. “There is a growing demand for fuel-free vehicles and the C100 addresses those demands.”

These cars are both environmentally sensitive and cost-efficient, starting at just $15,995 and ranging up to $17,995 depending on options and battery configuration. The C100 is a four-door, five-passenger hatchback that produces no noise, no emissions and no pollution. Currently, no other company offers NEVs that will be mass-produced and can be purchased by consumers at such a low price.

Depending upon the state, the C100 is legal to travel on roads with posted speed limits of 35-45 mph. It takes approximately eight hours to charge using a 110-volt outlet (four hours with a 220-volt outlet), meaning it can be plugged into any outlet without special equipment. BG also offers a rapid-charging device that reduces charging time by 50%. The car will be able to travel 50-120 miles per charge depending on the vehicle’s battery configuration and driving conditions.

This NEV can seat five passengers comfortably and is available in black, white, silver, red, blue, yellow, olive green, lime green and copper. In addition to dual airbags, each model comes fully loaded with modern comforts such as climate control, AM/FM stereo and CD player. Each car will also have an in-dash 8G
i-Phone (upgrade to 16G is available) for music, navigation and hands free telephone capabilities. Other similar branded devices will be available for installation in the C100 in-dash charging units.

The C100 is ideal for individuals that reside in shore and golf communities or other suburban areas with travel needs that are close to home. Parking authority attendants and other governmental agencies also find this as an ideal eco-friendly vehicular alternative. In fact many states are adapting new legislation that require a specific percentage of their fleets to be electric.

At the current cost of gas1, if consumers drive 10,000 miles in an EV they will save an average of $2,000 per year. Hybrid vehicles are currently priced around $23,000 to $75,000—and require gas to operate and consequently still emit pollutants into the air. Not only are hybrids more expensive, but also are more harmful to the environment. As far as paying for electricity—electric cars cost 2-3 cents per mile to operate. If a consumer travels 20 miles per day for 30 days at $0.03/mile, that is equivalent to paying $18 in electricity costs per month.

The C100 is both cost efficient and safe. If a customer is not completely satisfied with the C100, BG Automotive Group will offer a full money-back guarantee on all its NEVs.

BG is committed to the manufacturing, continued development and advancement of the world’s safest NEVs. Equipped with dual airbags, the C100 is the safest Neighborhood Electric Vehicle currently in production, exceeding all Department of Transportation/National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (DOT/NHTSA) requirements.

“BG did not want to meet the minimum safety requirements, we wanted to exceed them,” said Bernsten. BG is committed to producing the safest NEV in the world.

The first C100 will be available early November 2008. For more information and to reserve your car, visit BGelectricCars.com. A schedule of where to test drive and view the C100 will be available on the website in the near future.

BG AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, LTD.: BG Automotive Group, Ltd. is committed to the manufacturing, continued development and advancement of the world’s safest electric vehicles. The company has leveraged 33 years of International Trading and Industrial Project Development to secure manufacturing contracts and financing necessary to make NEVs an affordable, mass-produced reality for the US consumer. For more information please visit BGelectricCars.com.

BG Automotive Starts Essembling Electric Cars

BG Automotive, a young Philadelphia company, has already started assembling low-speed (25mph max) electric vehicles that will be available as soon as, well, now.  The company website states their 4-door hatchbacks will be available “Oct/Nov/Dec 2008”.  The BG NEV will be roughly $16,000. However, it will not be legal in Pennsylvania until the state senate breaks from its election recess and passes Senate Bill 152.  This bill will make low-power cars street-legal in the state.  This Pennsylvania Enquirer clipping has more info. Company owner Barry Bernsten, says their NEV will have a steel body, unlike a lot of other NEVs, so it shouldn’t have trouble meeting safety requirements. If the bill is not passed, BG will have to ship its vehicles out of state. With a lot of states allowing tractors and other farm equipment on their roads, there really is no reason why NEVs should not be allowed.

ZENN Motor Company making strides

ZENN stands for Zero Emission No-Noise and is known for its Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). I wasn’t expecting to find much intrigue about a Canadian based company best known for a car that, on the surface, looks and performs like a over hyped golf cart. The lead-acid battery powered NEV has a top speed of 25 mph and a range of 30-50 miles on a charge.

Zenn NEV

But you know what? Zenn is fixing to to make a run in the EV industry. First of all, the 25 mph top speed is restricted by the Canadian government because they did not feel the vehicle met safety standards of higher speed operation. Then Canada wouldn’t allow the ZENN cars to operate on roads unless they were outfitted with warning lights and signs. It was not until June 17, 2008 that residents of Quebec were allowed to drive ZENN in Canada without warning signals.

The real kicker is that ZENN gained exclusive rights from EEStor over the past few years to make electric vehicles up to 3,100 lbs. EEstor is developing a solid-state electric battery that is being considered game changing in the electric vehicle industry. The Ceramic EESU should be less than half the weight of lithium-ion batteries, fully chargeable in minutes rather than hours, and have an unbelievably long charge life.

Using this technology, Zenn is hoping to release the cityZENN, a vehicle with a top speed of 78 mph and a 250 mile ev range. The 5 minute recharge time will not be available from household outlets, but special charging stations. Home charges will still take you a few hours, more or less, depending on your outlet. ZENN is hoping these models will be ready by Fall of 2009 with a price range of $25,000-$30,000. The company also hopes to retrofit our current gas guzzlers with its EEstor equipped, “ZENNergy drivetrain”.

Sounds like ZENN has a lot in store for us, here’s hoping they succeed in bringing us their fancy new technology.