This cheap electric car beat the Tesla Model 3 on sales in China

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

The Tesla Model 3 is a success story in countries like UK, where it closed 2020 in the leadership of sales of electric cars. Since arriving in China, it has also become a success in the country. But now it has been overtaken by Wuling Hongguang Mini EV.

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV is the best-selling electric car in China

In January, the Tesla Model 3 went from being the vehicle most sought after by Chinese consumers to being the aforementioned Wuling Hongguang Mini EV. The biggest reason of all is the price, since this model costs something like € 3600 in its most accessible version (28,800 yuan).

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

This is not an electric vehicle with the scrolls and the Autopilot on the Tesla Model 3. In fact, whoever wants the air-conditioned version has to pay a little more: around 4800 €. It should be noted that we are talking about a city vehicle, with only 2.9 meters in length and 1.49 meters in width.

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

This electric car is the result of a partnership between SAIC (Chinese car manufacturer) and the American company General Motors. With only 18 horses in its electric motor, the car has a 9.2kWh battery.

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

In China it is advertised as having a range of 120km in the NEDC method. In the WLTP that we use in UK, these numbers may be equivalent to something like 90km of autonomy. In the version with 13.8kWh battery it can reach 170km of autonomy in NEDC (130km here).

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

The truth is that since the construction of the Giga Factory in Shanghai, Tesla has led sales of electric cars in China. But according to Electrek data, in January alone this “small” vehicle sold 36,000 units, compared with 13,000 for Model 3 and 1600 for Tesla’s Model Y.

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

The Chinese vehicle is far from an astonishment in terms of both features and autonomy. But the low price makes it very attractive for any consumer who wants an environmentally friendly car for short distances.

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