This Miniature car beat Tesla’s Model 3 as the best-selling EV in the world for January and February
China-based Wuling sold over 56,000 Hong Guang Mini EVs in the first two months of 2021
The Hong Guang Mini EV edged out Tesla’s Model 3 as the top-selling electric vehicle on earth in January and February, not a small accomplishment for the relatively new hatchback. More than 36,000 of those very small cars sold in January, compared to about 21,500 Model 3s, and the Hong Guang sold just over 20,000 units last month, compared to just under 13,700 Tesla 3s.
The diminutive vehicle is created under a joint partnership between China’s state-owned SAIC Motor, Wuling Motors, and US carmaker General Motors, and is locally referred to simply as Wuling. The Hong Guang Mini EV sells in China only for 28,800 yuan, or about $4,500.
It claims to get 170 km (approximately 106 miles) per charge, and can reach a top speed of 100 km per hour or 62 mph (so no drag racing in this item ). Its specs include a wheelbase of 76.4 inches, and it’s just under 115 inches long, 59 inches wide, and stands approximately 64 inches tall. Its total weight is about 1,466 pounds.
To put it differently, it is tall but skinny. Still, the manufacturer claims it can seat four people, and the back seats fold down in the event that you need storage space. For something really small, presumably.
The 2021 base model of Tesla’s Model 3 EV on the other hand, gets more than 250 mph, and its sticker price starts at just under $40,000. The foundation Model 3 weighs around 3,500 pounds.
The Hong Guang Mini EV started last summer and was a surprise success, but is still only sold in China. Some reports suggest it may come to other markets but the US is probably low on the list.
Source: The Verge