According to Wheego, sourcing its chassis from China has been a cost effective move for the company. Although it is built abroad the chassis has North American specifications and once shipped over, the rest of the vehicle is assembled in California utilizing parts solely from North American suppliers.
Wheego has focused on keeping production costs down for its EVs. As a result LiFe is priced at $32,995, but when you include $7,500 federal tax credit buyers are entitled to, it brings the vehicle into the $25,000 range – considerably lower than a lot of its competitors.
Even so, car industry commentators have been skeptical about whether Wheego’s cars low speed and limited charge range will play well in the American car landscape.
Company executives insist that the Wheego products are anticipating a future change in how car buyers will chose their vehicles, a change in which fuel economy and clean energy concerns take more of a front seat.
“This is a full-fledged movement, a paradigm shift in the way Americans will drive cars,” Wheego President Jeff Boyd told Green Car Reports last year.
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