The Tesla Model 3 has something to worry about: a Chinese model, still unknown in our regions, is about to steal the show: the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV.
If the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling electric car in the world in 2020, with 365,240 units sold, a small outsider is about to steal the show: this electric city car comes from China, and is called the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV. In 2020, it is the second best-selling electric car in the world, with 119,255 units.
Wuling Hongguang Mini EV: an electric city car for 3,700 €
Last January, 25,778 units of the Hongguang Mini EV were sold in China, almost double the number of Model 3, with 13,843 units. Even if the small Chinese, marketed the equivalent of € 3,700, is not a direct competitor of the Tesla Model 3, the success is such that its manufacturer Wuling, a joint venture between the Chinese SAIC and General Motors, plans to export it.
In our regions, this city car would rather be comparable to a Citroën Ami, with the difference that it is not approved as a quadricycle: 2.92 meters long, it has a maximum autonomy of 170 kilometers, displays a maximum speed of 100 km / h, and is recharged with a household electrical outlet. And by hugging you well, it is even possible to travel in four on board!
In an attempt to conquer Europe, the Chinese firm has reportedly already approached Dartz, a Latvian brand that could manufacture the car under license for the European market, under the name of Freze Nikrob EV. However, its price should be more expensive than the Chinese model, the European version having to submit to much stricter safety standards …
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