China: Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Sets Massive Sales Record

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The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV closed the year 2021 on a high note in China as the absolute best-selling electric vehicle – far above the #2 Tesla Model Y, which topped the electric crossover/SUV category.

According to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA)’s data (via Moneyball and CnEVPost), in December, 50,561 Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV were sold (up 42.9% year-over-year), which is an all-time monthly record.

* CPCA reports wholesale shipments, not registrations/deliveries.

As far as we know, no other electric vehicle ever crossed 50,000 in a single month. The Tesla Model Y set in December its own record of 40,500, but it’s still 10,000 less. The Tesla Model 3’s record, also set in December, is 30,102.

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In 2021, the total number of Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV sold in China amounted to 395,451 (up 250.7% year-over-year).

It means that cumulatively, more than 500,000 units have been sold in China since June 2020 (19 months).

Some will say that the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV is a mini car, not really fully comparable with standard cars, but it’s allowed for public roads and this is what the market wants.

By the way, the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture’s (between SAIC, GM and Liuzhou Wuling Motors) sold a total of over 60,000 EVs in December (60,372 to be precise), which is also a new record.

 
 

Wuling – Hong Guang MINI EV specs:

  • Two battery/range options
    120 km (75 miles) of range using 9.3 kWh battery
    170 km (106 miles) of range using 13.9 kWh battery
  • top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph)
  • electric motor: 20 kW peak and 85 Nm
  • 4 seats
  • 741 liters of space with the rear seats folded down
  • 2,917 millimeters long, 1,493 millimeters wide and 1,621 millimeters high, with a 1,940-millimeter wheelbase

An upgraded version of the vehicle is expected to be launched in the near future:

  • over 300 km (186 miles); (instead of 120 or 170 km)
    to qualify for subsidies as well as collect more zero-emission credits
  • 26 kWh battery (instead of 9.3 kWh or 13.9 kWh)
  • 30 kW electric motor (instead of 20 kW)
  • 4 seats
  • wheelbase of 2,010 mm vs 1,940 mm, and a length of 2,997 mm vs 2,917
  • a higher price to be at least partially offset by the incentives

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