Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

The Wuling Hongguang Mini EV (Chinese: 五菱宏光MiniEV) is a battery electric city car manufactured by SAIC-GM-Wuling since 2020.[5] Retail deliveries began in China in July 2020. As of February 2023, global sales since inception have passed 1,100,000 units, and the Mini EV has become the best-selling electric car in China.[6]

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV
Overview
ManufacturerSAIC-GM-Wuling
Also called
  • Freze Nikrob (Lithuania)
  • Rainwoll RW10 (Turkey)
Production2020–present
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassCity car
Body style
LayoutRear-motor, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformSGMW Global Small Electric Vehicle[2][3]
Related
Powertrain
Electric motor1x1XM AC permanent magnet synchronous motor
Power output
  • 15 kW (20 hp; 20 PS)
  • 20 kW (27 hp; 27 PS)
  • 30 kW (40 hp; 41 PS)
Transmission1-speed direct-drive
Battery
Electric range120 km, 170 km or 280 km (75 mi, 110 mi or 170 mi)
Dimensions
Wheelbase1,940 mm (76.4 in)
Length2,917 mm (114.8 in)
3,061 mm (120.5 in)
3,064 mm (120.6 in) (Game Boy Urban Windchaser)
3,089 mm (121.6 in) (Game Boy Racing Ranger)
Width1,493 mm (58.8 in)
1,520 mm (59.8 in) (Game Boy)
1,521 mm (59.9 in) (Urban Windchaser / Racing Ranger)
Height1,621 mm (63.8 in)
1,659–1,665 mm (65.3–65.6 in) (Game Boy)
1,649 mm (64.9 in) (Urban Windchaser)
1,604 mm (63.1 in) (Racing Ranger)
Curb weight665 kg (1,466 lb)[4]

Overview edit

The Mini EV can seat four people, and standard features including air conditioning, power windows, stereo system, storage and compartments. Standard safety features of the Mini EV include anti-lock brakes, tire pressure monitoring sensors, and rear parking sensors. Early models did not include a driver airbag, but later models such as the Mini EV Macaron include the feature as standard.[7]

Power is produced by an electric motor making a peak 20 kW (27 hp; 27 PS) and 85 N⋅m (63 lb⋅ft) of torque[8] with rear-wheel drive, propelling the car to a stated top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). 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).[9] Based on the NEDC driving cycle, the estimated energy consumption of the Mini EV is 8,1 kWh/100 km.[10]

A 26.5 kWh model is due for 2022, with 280 kilometres (170 mi) (CLTC) estimated range, an optional more powerful 30 kW (40 hp; 41 PS) motor, and an improved interior.[11]

In 2020, the Mini EV had a price starting at US$4,162, and topped out at US$5,607 for a fully-loaded model, making it China's cheapest electric car.[12] The car has attracted a cult following in China, with owners frequently modifying their vehicles.[13][14] The popularity has been compared to that of kei cars in Japan.[15] The vehicle has been such a success that it has inspired a number of copycats and competitors, including the Chery QQ Ice Cream, Dongfeng Fengguang MINI EV,[16] Geely Panda Mini EV, and BAW S3.[17]

Variants edit

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.[18] 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.[18]

The Macaron is equipped with a small electric motor that generates a more powerful 20 kW (27 hp; 27 PS) and 85 N⋅m (63 lb⋅ft) of torque compared to the previously launched base trim while range remains unchanged.[18]

Mini EV Cabrio edit

A convertible concept version of the Mini EV called the Mini EV Cabrio with a folding soft top was unveiled during the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, with the vehicle body design based on the Mini EV Macaron. The production version vehicle body design is based on Mini EV GameBoy Edition and was launched in September 2022.[19]

Freze Nikrob edit

In 2021 Lithuanian company Nikrob UAB announced a rebadged version of the Mini EV called the FreZe Nikrob with knock-down assembly in Vilnius, Lithuania.[20]

Rainwoll RW10 edit

In 2023, A Turkish company called Rainwoll announced a rebadged version of Wuling Hongguang Mini EV called the Rainwoll RW10. It is sold in 3 trim levels; Basic, Comfort, and Macaron.

Mini EV GameBoy Edition edit

The Mini EV GameBoy Edition was introduced in March 2022.[21] Its exterior has been completely restyled with larger dimensions, while the power remains to be unchanged and carried over from the standard Mini EV producing 27 hp (20 kW; 27 PS) and 85 N⋅m (63 lb⋅ft) or 40 hp (30 kW; 41 PS) and 110 N⋅m (81 lb⋅ft), mated to a 9.2, 13.9, or 25.5 kWh battery.[22]

Sales edit

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.[23][24]

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.[25]

The Mini EV listed as the world's top selling plug-in car in January 2021.[26]

Year China
2020 127,651[27]
2021 395,451[28]
2022 404,823[29]

References edit

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