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“Shocked” by gas prices? Electric cars soon available for rent in Cayman

Drivers will soon have the option to eschew gasoline for electric vehicle technology. The Wheego, a fully electric vehicle has made its way to the Cayman Islands. Budget Rent-a-car told Cayman 27 the Wheego can get up to 100 miles on a full charge.

Drivers will notice it handles much like a conventional automobile, except the Wheego is noticeably quieter.

“This is our first electric car. We think it’s going to appeal to the customer who cares about the environment, who wants to see the technology move from different fuel sources. It’s going to keep gas prices lower and also just give people different options,” said Gary Todd of Budget rent-a-car.

The Wheego will be available for rent starting in March. It will cost around $70 to $80 to take it out for a day.

  • earlrichards

    To avoid the Big Oil gasoline price rip-off, plug your Tesla S electric car into your household, solar array.

  • Caymanresident

    People talk about electric cars as if they run on free power. Of course they don’t. Instead of paying Esso one is paying CUC.
    They have low running costs because they are tiny cars with tiny engines that have little power.
    Put a 300 cc gasoline engine in a tiny car and it will be just as cheap to run.
    Add to this the environmental cost of building these high power batteries and they sadly aren’t so environmentally friendly after all.

    • TheDude

      They have two free charging station located in Caymana Bay, and i think more are being installed….

    • http://www.eMileage.ca/ eMileage

      The Tesla Model S, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Via Motors VTrux, etc. are large powerful plug-in vehicles which are far more efficient and less expensive to run than fuel burning vehicles. There are also large trucks, trains and buses which rely on electric drivetrains to achieve greater power, efficiency and significantly lower operating costs than fuel burning vehicles. Oil is a drill once (with environmental impact), refine once (costly and energy intensive), burn once (more environmental impact) process. Batteries, on the other hand, can be charged from a variety of sources including renewables, can be reused in stationary applications after years of use in a vehicle and can be recycled into new batteries at the end of their useful lifespan.

    • Kingsthrone

      Electricity is 3-4 times cheaper than gasoline per mile for a similar size car. Also if you want to use your own fuel its darn much easier to put up your own solar panels or your own windmill to produce electricity rather than trying to drill for and refine your own oil.

      About the environmental aspect. As the grid gets cleaner, more renewable sources, your electric car pollutes less and less over time. Your gasoline car will still be as pollutant in 10 years from now as today. If you coun’t in mining raw materials and recycling as much as possible, the electric vehicle is getting cleaner than the gasoline car in less than two years, or even less than one year if you drive more than 15 000 miles per year. When the cars are 10 years old the gasoline car would be far worse off than an EV when it comes to environmental aspects.

  • earlrichards

    To avoid the gasoline price rip-off, plug your Tesla S electric car into your household, solar array.

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