PETA Names Wheego Best Green Car Company of 2010

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Wheego Electric Cars, manufacturer of all-electric cars today announced it has been awarded the "Proggy" Award (for "progress") as the Best Green Car Company of 2010 by People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA's Proggy Award is given for animal-friendly achievements in commerce and culture, and recognizes Wheego's decision to offer their all-electric vehicles without the option of a leather interior.

Wheego Electric Cars, manufacturer of all-electric cars today announced it has been awarded the "Proggy" Award (for "progress") as the Best Green Car Company of 2010 by People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA's Proggy Award is given for animal-friendly achievements in commerce and culture, and recognizes Wheego's decision to offer their all-electric vehicles without the option of a leather interior.

In presenting the award, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said, "As you're probably aware, leather wreaks havoc on the environment. Setting this innovative and progressive policy for Wheego vehicles will raise awareness among consumers about the environmental damage associated with turning animal skin into leather. In addition, by providing alternatives to processes that harm animals, Wheego is helping contribute to a more humane way of life for our entire society and setting a standard for other automakers to emulate. "

Wheego President Jeff Boyd says the decision was easy: "In building an all-electric, zero-emission car, we are trying to do the right thing for the environment. It only makes sense to carry that commitment through to our choices for interior finishes. There are so many high-quality materials available now that look, feel and wear like real leather… but are much more responsible choices for our environment. We thank PETA for their support and encouragement, and are very happy to be their choice of Best Green Car Company."

The initial Wheego offering is the Whip LSV, which is available now. The Whip LSV is an all-electric low speed vehicle which can drive on roads with posted speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less. The full-speed Wheego Whip LiFe, due out this summer, is powered by the latest in lithium battery technology. It is expected to go approximately 80 to 100 miles on a charge, and will be fully crash-tested and highway-ready. Both cars in the Wheego Whip line are fully-equipped two-seat subcompact cars with fit, finish and features that compete with any other subcompact car on the market. The Wheego line is sold through a nation-wide dealer network.

About Wheego Electric Cars:
Wheego Electric Cars is an innovation-driven and environmentally-conscious manufacturer of Electric Vehicles (EVs). Under the leadership of CEO Mike McQuary and President Jeff Boyd, Wheego Electric Cars has become a leader in the integration of advanced technology components. Wheego Electric Cars is one of the first EV companies to deliver affordable fully capable, street legal all-electric cars for everyday consumer use.

For more information about Wheego, visit the company website at http://www.wheego.net.

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