If you are in the market for an overpriced Chinese copy of the Smart fortwo, Wheego is about to become your best friend as they have just unveiled the 2011 Whip LiFe.

If you're in the market for an overpriced Chinese copy of the Smart fortwo, Wheego is about to become your best friend as they have just unveiled the 2011 Whip LiFe.

While there isn't much to say about the exterior styling, the cabin is outfitted with luxurious items such as a heater, CD player, and "DOT (Department of Transportation) approved seats belts." If that sounds a little basic, you can opt for a $1,995 (€1,455 / £1,240) air conditioner.

Motivation is provided by a 30 kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to an electric motor that produces 20 hp (15 kW / 20 PS) and 95 lb-ft (129 Nm) of torque. This enables the 2,667 lb (1,210 kg) LiFe to hit a top speed of 65 mph (105 km/h) and travel up to 100 miles (161 km) on a single charge.

Scheduled to launch in December, the LiFe will be priced from $32,995 (€24,070 / £20,555) which is $215 (€155 / £135) more than the Nissan Leaf.

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