Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

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Wuling Hongguang Mini EV
五菱宏光mini EV 9733 1.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSAIC-GM-Wuling
Also calledFreze Nikrob/Froggy
Production2020–present
AssemblyChina: Liuzhou, Guangxi
Body and chassis
ClassMicrocar
Body style
LayoutRear-motor, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformSGMW Global Small Electric Vehicle[1][2]
Related
Powertrain
Electric motor17.4 hp (13.0 kW; 17.6 PS) permanent magnet
TransmissionSingle-speed automatic
Battery9.2–13.8 kWh lithium polymer (LMP)
Dimensions
Wheelbase1,940 mm (76.4 in)
Length2,917 mm (114.8 in)
Width1,493 mm (58.8 in)
Height1,621 mm (63.8 in)
Curb weight665 kg (1,466 lb)[3]

The Wuling Hongguang Mini EV (Chinese: 五菱宏光MiniEV) is an battery electric microcar manufactured by SAIC-GM-Wuling since 2020.[4] Retail deliveries began in China in July 2020. As of September 2021, sales since inception totaled 400,000 units.[5]

Overview[edit]

Rear view

The Mini EV is equipped with a 9.2 kWh battery capable of a NEDC range of 120 km (75 mi) or a 13.8kWh battery capable of a NEDC range of 170 km (110 mi).[6]

The Mini EV can seat four people and is powered by a single electric motor producing 13 kW (17.4 hp) and 85 Nm (62.7 lbf.ft) of torque with rear-wheel drive. It has a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) and an estimated range of 170 km (110 mi).[6] Based on the NEDC driving cycle, the estimated energy consumption of the Mini EV is 8,1 kWh/100 km.[7]

In 2020, the Mini EV had a price starting at US$4,162, and tops out at US$5,607 for a fully-loaded model, making it China's cheapest electric car.[8] Standard safety features of the Mini EV include anti-lock brakes, tire pressure monitoring sensors, and rear parking sensors. It also has standard features including air conditioning, power windows, stereo system, 12 storage compartments, 741 liters of trunk space with the rear seats folded down, and the accelerator and brake pedals feature positive and negative symbols.[9]

With six months in the market, the Mini EV sold 119,255 units in 2020, and ranked as China's and the world's second best selling plug-in car after the Tesla Model 3.[10][11] In January 2021, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), the Mini EV topped new energy vehicles sales with 25,778 units, compared to the Tesla Model 3 with 13,843 units sold in China.[12] The Mini EV listed as the world's top selling plug-in car in January 2021.[13] The car has attracted a cult following in China, with owners frequently modifying their vehicles. According to Wuling, 72% of Mini EV owners were born after 1990.[14][15] The popularity has been compared to that of kei cars in Japan.[16]

It was reported that it took the company only 12 months to design and launch production of the Mini EV.[6]

Hongguang Mini EV Macaron[edit]

SAIC-GM-Wuling launched a variant of the regular Mini EV called the Mini EV Macaron in April 2021. The Macaron is a customized version that is available with three exclusive paint colors and more standard features. The Macaron is sold as a more premium and personalized variant that features redesigned darkened LED headlights, two-tone alloy wheels and exclusive body colors. The colors are Avocado Green, Lemon Yellow and White Peach Pink, which are the results of the collaboration of Wuling and Pantone Universe.[17] The Macaron also receives more safety equipment compared to the previous base trim level, including low-speed pedestrian warning, a reversing camera with rear parking sonar and a driver-side airbag.[17]

The Macaron is equipped with a small electric motor that generates a more powerful 20 kW (27 horsepower) and 85 Nm (62.7 pound-feet) of torque compared to the previously launched base trim while range remains unchanged.[17]

Hongguang Mini EV Cabrio[edit]

A convertible version of the Mini EV called the Mini EV Cabrio with a folding soft top was unveiled during the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. The Cabrio is planned to enter production in China in 2022, and a rebadged version would also be offered in Europe as the Freze Froggy.[18]

Freze Nikrob[edit]

In 2021, a Latvian-based company Dartz (known for their armored SUVs) announced a plan to sell the Mini EV as the Freze Nikrob, with a starting price in certain European countries at around €9,999 and assembled in the EU by Lithuanian company, Nikrob.[19][20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 张洁. "Popular Wuling EVs to hit global markets in 2022". www.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  2. ^ "SGMW to unveil Wuling brand's first two-seater NEV model 'NanoEV'". autonews.gasgoo.com. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  3. ^ "The tiny Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV costs just P200,000". Top Gear Philippines.
  4. ^ "Tiny Wuling Hongguang Mini EV Has Locked In 50,000 Orders". Carscoops.
  5. ^ Phate Zhang (2021-10-13). "Hongguang Mini EV sales reached 35,169 units in Sept, up 75% year-on-year". CNEVPost. Retrieved 2021-10-13. The Wuling Hongguang Mini EV has sold more than 400,000 units cumulatively since deliveries began in July last year
  6. ^ a b c "Check Out This Must-See Review Of The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV". Inside EVs.
  7. ^ "SAIC Wuling Hongguang Mini". Watt EV 2 Buy.
  8. ^ "GM scores a bestseller in China with $4,200 electric micro car". Autoblog.com.
  9. ^ "This Adorable Four Seat Electric Hatchback is Selling Like Crazy in China". The Drive.
  10. ^ Jose, Pontes (2021-02-02). "Global Top 20 - December 2020". EVSales.com. Retrieved 2021-03-03. "The Tesla Model 3, with 365,240 units delivered was the world's top selling plug-in passenger car in 2020."
  11. ^ Jose, Pontes (2021-01-21). "China December 2020". EVSales.com. Retrieved 2021-03-03. "The Tesla Model 3, with 139,925 units delivered, was the China's top selling plug-in passenger car in 2020."
  12. ^ Harper, Justin (February 25, 2021). "Chinese £3,200 budget electric car takes on Tesla".
  13. ^ Jose, Pontes (2021-02-28). "Global Top 20 January 2021". EVSales.com. Retrieved 2021-03-03. The Hongguang Mini EV, with 36,762 units delivered was the world's top selling plug-in passenger car in January 2021, followed by the Tesla Model 3 with 21,589 units.'
  14. ^ Goldthread - This Little $4,500 Electric Car is the Hottest Thing in China Right Now, retrieved 2021-09-16
  15. ^ "宏光MINIEV潮动上海开创新能源潮创文化-新华网". www.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  16. ^ "五菱宏光,正在把汽车做成快消品|界面新闻 · JMedia". www.jiemian.com. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  17. ^ a b c "New Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Macaron Launches In China". gmauthority.
  18. ^ "2021 Auto Shanghai: Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Cabrio". InsideEVs.
  19. ^ "World's Craziest Automaker Reveals Dirt Cheap EV". CarBuzz. January 31, 2021.
  20. ^ "Meet The Dirt Cheap Dartz FreZe, The Most Affordable EV In Europe". February 3, 2021.
  21. ^ "Tiny Wuling Hongguang Mini EV Has Locked In 50,000 Orders". August 21, 2020.

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