The 3,600-euro electric car that sweeps China and has already outsold the Tesla Model 3
Write down its name: Hongguang Mini EV. It is the latest hit in China, outselling the successful Tesla Model 3 so far this year. You do not have to go very far to discover the reasons, its price starts at 28,800 yuan, which at the change is about 3,600 euros. A ridiculous price for a Electric microcar with capacity for four people and a maximum speed of 100 km / h.
Manufactured by SAIC-GM-Wuling, the Hongguang Mini EV is sold as “the people’s moving tool.” A very economical electric car that has managed to convince thousands of drivers to the point of outselling the almighty Tesla in China.
Hongguang Mini EV is already the second best-selling electric car in the world
Its price starts at 28,800 yuan, a basic model without air conditioning and with a range of 120 kilometers under the NEDC cycle. Additionally, a version is also offered for 38,800 yuan, about 4,900 euros at the exchange rate. incorporates air conditioning and offers a 13.9 kWh battery to reach 170 kilometers (NEDC).
To get an idea of its power, the Hongguang Mini EV has a 27 hp engine, which allows it to reach 100 km / h. Its capacity is four seats, but it also has two seats and a larger boot of 741 liters.
Among the measures to promote electric cars, the Chinese government offers free registration. This type of vehicle represents one of the great Chinese hopes to become a benchmark in the automotive industry. Nevertheless, Tesla is still the company that sells the most electric cars in China.
The big difference, in almost all aspects, between the Model 3 and this Hongguang Mini EV have ended up tilting the balance in favor of the second. The little car has sold 112,000 units during the second half of 2020, only behind the Tesla Model 3 that is manufactured in Shanghai.
Since January, the Mini EV has sold 25,778 units according to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), for the 13,843 of the Model 3. Data that, together with previous sales, would make the Hongguand Mini EV the second best-selling electric car in the world, according to BBC.
The little electric is offered in three versions and four colors: blue, white, pink and light brown. At the moment there are no plans for his arrival in Europe, but the BBC points out that Wuling is reportedly working with a Latvian manufacturer to adapt the vehicle to European regulation.
Predictably, the price with which it would arrive in Europe would be higher. Serve the comparison with the Citroën Ami, a 6,900 euro microcar with a top speed of 45 km / h. In China, the Hongguang Mini EV offers practically twice the speed at half the price.