PHOTO CAPTION: Wheego Life electric car gets safety exemption until end of 2012.

DOT Gives Wheego LiFe Electric Car Temporary Safety Rule Exemption

The tiny $32,995 Chinese-built car does not have an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system fitted, although it does have an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) fitted.

Published: 15-Aug-2012

In order to be sold in the U.S., all passenger cars must pass a long list of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Regulations, including advanced airbags and electric stability control.

Sometimes, usually in the case of low-volume, low-emission cars, the FMVSSR may grant a temporary exemption to the rules to allow a new car to be sold without complete compliance with the rules.

Earlier today, we learned that Wheego Electric Cars, maker of the Wheego Whip LiFe two-seat city car, has been awarded a second temporary exemption to FMVSSR rules after the first ran out on August 1, allowing it to remain on the market until December 31, 2012.


Wheego LiFE electric car is base priced at $32,995.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer goes for test drive in smart-sized electric car.

Wheego LiFe sells for $32,995 before any applicable rates.

Jim Motavalli talks with Wheego's Mike McQuary about the smart-sized electric car.


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