The tiny Wuling Hongguang Mini EV unveiled by the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in China a few months ago has been very well received by the local market.
Measuring just 2,917 mm (114.8-in) long, 1,493 mm (58.8-in) wide, and 1,621 mm (63.8-in) high, and with a 1,940 mm (76.4-in) wheelbase, the Hongguang Mini EV is incredibly compact. It is also very cheap and starts at just 28,800 Chinese Yuan, the equivalent of $4,164.
According to Gasgoo, more than 50,000 orders have been placed for the Mini EV since its unveiling, a very impressive figure when you consider that China’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) market has been struggling recently.
To market and sell the Hongguang Mini EV, the joint venture is establishing roughly 100 ‘experience’ stores across the country, many of which will be located in busy city locations to drive as much interest as possible.
Powering the car is a 27 hp electric motor hooked up to a compact 13.8 kWh battery pack. While the Mini EV tops out at just 62 mph (100 km/h), it does have a respectable range of up to 124 miles (200 km) on a single charge, more than enough for people who live in large urban areas and most of the time drive short distances.
Despite how small it is, the Wuling provides seating for four adults. However, if you actually want to store anything in the trunk, you’ll have to fold down the rear seats.