White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

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    White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Just 10 days ago Leftlane reported on an interesting development that was coming to a head thanks to new found media coverage. A company by the name of Wheego, set to begin producing electric vehicles in the U.S., began calling on the White House to come through on an earlier promise by the President to purchase the 100 plug-in electric vehicles from the first company to begin producing them on American soil.

    Enter the problem: Obama likely believed the Volt would be the first plug-in car to make it off an American assembly line, and understandably so. The only automaker that will beat GM to market goes by the name of Wheego, a start-up based in California that is set to begin producing its LiFe plug-in electric vehicles - available for purchase this month.

    Wheego's CEO, Mike McQuary, plans fully well to hold Obama to his promise in March to purchase 100 vehicles for the federal government, stating, "He was probably assuming they would be Chevy Volts, but they will be Wheego LiFes. We've contacted the White House to make sure they know."

    But now, according to The New York Times Wheels section, it appears as if the White House has chosen to put out a request for bidding from automakers, rather than directly addressing the promise and the questions that followed from Wheego to the administration. The request by the White House was confirmed by Sahar Wali, an associate administrator for communications at the General Services Administration, which is responsible for the federal government's 650,000 vehicle fleet.

    Wali told the NYT that a request for bids has been placed for 100 electric vehicles, a big that will see its first stage close on October 21 - just two weeks from now. The G.S.A. also says that it believes this process fulfills the President's earlier promise.

    From there, a 45-day evaluation period will take place, and then the vehicles will begin delivery based on the decision from the administration and its agency.

    “If President Obama was serious, then the White House should be buying 100 Wheego LiFes next month," said McQuary concerning the bid process.

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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    http://wheego.net/more/vehicles/

    Are you kidding me.. what the hell would the Government do with that lil thing?!



    iv never heard of this thing.. any know if its based on the Smart or they just copied the design?
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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    They ment car, not a go-kart. Sorry.
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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    They ment car, not a go-kart. Sorry.
    It's a $33,000 go-kart!

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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Quote Originally Posted by njtex View Post
    It's a $33,000 go-kart!
    Even more reason to not buy this, and spend the money and get the Volt.
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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Quote Originally Posted by GMusa View Post
    Wheego's CEO, Mike McQuary, plans fully well to hold Obama to his promise in March to purchase 100 vehicles for the federal government . . .

    “If President Obama was serious, then the White House should be buying 100 Wheego LiFes next month," said McQuary concerning the bid process.

    http://www.leftlanenews.com/white-ho...bs-wheego.html
    Geez, the darn company hasn't produced a single car ever and they are already whining. Get a life McQuary and sell your vehicle to REAL customers.

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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Wheego's CEO sounds like a whining little brat with that press release. Unless he had a binding legal contract in hand from the U.S. Government, his claim is pointless. Besides, he should know by now you can never trust a politician's words!

    This is the first time I've ever head of the company. $33k for a go-kart is ridiculous. Wheego must stand for "Whee! Go-Kart" or something like that.

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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eulentier View Post
    Wheego's CEO sounds like a whining little brat with that press release. Unless he had a binding legal contract in hand from the U.S. Government, his claim is pointless. Besides, he should know by now you can never trust a politician's words!

    This is the first time I've ever head of the company. $33k for a go-kart is ridiculous. Wheego must stand for "Whee! Go-Kart" or something like that.
    Weego sounds too much like "Yuugo" to me......

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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Sorry but taking a Chinese Smart knockoff and tacking on an electric motor & battery does not make you an auto manufacturer.

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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Yeah the government doesn't need a go cart, it might be best to spend our tax dollars on a usable vehicle for the government.
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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canyonaro View Post
    Yeah the government doesn't need a go cart, it might be best to spend our tax dollars on a usable vehicle for the government.
    Why not just provide bicycles and require that officials use them to move from place to place inside large government complexes like a lot of European countries do?

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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Quote Originally Posted by njtex View Post
    Why not just provide bicycles and require that officials use them to move from place to place inside large government complexes like a lot of European countries do?
    That would make a lot more sense, but you forget the Ego-centrism (or Egotistic if you prefer) of all Governments to do what they want when they want.
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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    No offense to the vehicle itself, I think it's interesting - but it would make a ludicrous government car. What could they do with it, really? The Volt will carry 4 passengers and cargo with no problem - that's a REAL EV. I mean, come on...the thing is friggin' 6 feet long.

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    Re: White House requests bids to buy 100 EVs, snubs Wheego?

    Ergo-centric?

    Excuse me, but in the day where we go to China for everything, I am glad that he is insisting on going with something that is not.
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    33k and AC is not standard?!! What are they nuts? Also if they're that concerned about fleet sales this early in the game, they better give up.
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