GJ couple’s Web site features electric toys for big girls and boys
By EMILY ANDERSON
Terry Sullivan and Sharron Nickerson are looking for hobbyists with a conscience.
The Grand Junction husband and wife duo sell electric-powered motorcycles, scooters, bikes, mopeds and ATVs on their Web site, WhisperSports.com. The pair buy and test each product before they place the item on their site. They write descriptions of each vehicle based on their personal experiences and feature products from three distributors.
Each vehicle is powered with an electric battery that can be reenergized by plugging a charger into any three-pronged plug. Each vehicle runs “whisper quiet,” hence the company name.
“The sound is the same as an oscillating fan,” Nickerson said.
Nickerson, an activity director at Palisade Living Center, and Sullivan, a salesman for High Noon Solar, got into the electric vehicle business last summer.
Sullivan bought a 3500 Watt scooter he thought might get some interest from High Noon customers. High Noon got too busy in the following months to delve further into the electric vehicle business, but Nickerson and Sullivan saw an opportunity. They performed demonstrations wherever they could with the scooter and got a good response. They decided to buy more sporty vehicles, review them, and compile their favorites on a Web site for one-stop electric shopping.
Prices are comparable to non-electric models. An Electric Utility Vehicle goes for about $9,000 on the Whisper Sports Web site and the price tags vary down the line to a $225 sea scooter.
Buyers can get a price cut via a federal tax incentive worth 10 percent of the vehicle’s price, too.
A 10-year shelf-life for batteries and the eliminated need to replace a carburetor or fill up the vehicle’s tank with gas have appealed to some customers, said Nickerson.
“There’s no shifting, no exhaust, no oil leaks and no emissions,” she said.
Sullivan said potential buyers need to understand electric vehicles can vroom down a highway as good as their gas-powered counterparts, but they can’t go as far on a single charge.
Battery life varies from 20 to 60 miles.
“They have a limitation and that’s what people have to understand,” Sullivan said. “It won’t go to Denver.”
If business booms, Sullivan and Nickerson said they hope to open a storefront.