This electric hatchback sells for less than $6K in China

This endearing micro electric-car is called the Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV. Currently, it is only sold in China and built by SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile, a joint venture between SAIC Motor, Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co Ltd, and General Motors. The car launched at the beginning of summer and has been a notable success. According to GM Authority, Wuling has received 50,000 orders since its initial launch.

…Around 15,000 customers took delivery of their new Hong Guang Mini EV during the month of August, and that alone has meant a 104 percent sales increase since July alone. It makes it very possibly the top-selling battery EV in China right now.

Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, tire pressure monitoring system, and rear parking sensors. Press photos show that the Mini EV has air conditioning, power windows, a stereo, and the pedals feature a positive or negative symbol…

Since my wife and I are both retired, we drive her car to town for grocery shopping and any other errands we need to combine…once a week. La Fiesta is easy on the petrol bill; so, it’s no big deal. But, if we were going through the process – as we did several years ago – of buying a useful, small, economic vehicle for this sort of transport, the Wuling Hong Guang Mini would fill the bill, perfectly. With five figure$ leftover.

As long as my 26-year-old Ram pickup continues to start and run just fine…that covers the task of hauling our accumulated household trash to the county transfer station about eight times/year.

Common sense is a bear, isn’t it?

5 thoughts on “This electric hatchback sells for less than $6K in China

  1. 肥龙 says:

    “Tesla’s $25000 Car Doesn’t Worry Biggest Rivals in China” https://www.fr24news.com/a/2020/09/teslas-25000-car-doesnt-worry-its-biggest-rivals-in-china.html
    “Manufacturers pitch electric cars at Auto China 2020” https://www.dw.com/en/manufacturers-pitch-electric-cars-at-auto-china-2020/av-55079291
    “Porsche Allows You To Virtually Visit Its 2020 Beijing Motor Show Stand” https://www.motor1.com/news/446044/porsche-virtual-2020-beijing-motor-show/

  2. Buzzy says:

    General Motors will invest about $2.2 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations, largely to increase production of electric vehicles. Since March 2019, GM has committed to invest more than $4.5 billion at three U.S. manufacturing sites to prepare for EV-related production. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/20/gm-to-invest-more-than-2-billion-in-the-us-to-increase-ev-production-.html
    2022 Hummer EV Supertruck Mistakenly Leaked In Online Ad [“Simulated vehicle shown”] https://jalopnik.com/2022-hummer-ev-supertruck-mistakenly-leaked-in-online-a-1845424020

  3. Gweilo Joe says:

    China’s electric car strategy is starting to go global – and the U.S. lagging behind https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/23/chinas-electric-car-strategys-implications-for-us-energy-security.html “In a future driven by electric vehicles, China is poised to dominate if the U.S. does not transform its automobile industry in coming years.
    While California-based Tesla captured popular attention for electric cars, national policy in Beijing encouraged the launch of several rivals in China, the world’s largest auto market. Already, sales of electric cars and other new energy vehicles hit a record in September in China. Even Tesla launched a factory there last year, and is planning to sell made-in-China cars to Europe.
    Powering it all are electric batteries – of which two Chinese companies, Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and BYD, account for about a third of the global market, according to UBS. All six of the major battery manufacturers identified by UBS are Asian.
    “Over the next five years we anticipate Chinese players across the EV supply chain to aggressively enter the overseas market,” UBS analysts wrote in a note Wednesday. “We believe China materials costs are lower than the overseas market. If this advantage can sustain, China could realize a cost advantage over ex-China players.
    …In just one sign of how far ahead China has progressed in electric vehicle development, out of 142 lithium-ion battery megafactories under construction globally, 107 are set for China, versus nine in the U.S., according to the report “The Commanding Heights of Global Transportation” released last month by Washington, DC-based advocacy group Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE).” See https://secureenergy.org/commandingheights/

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