Since the inauguration of its “Gigafactory”In Shanghai, Tesla was an absolute leader in electric car sales in China. But the scenario changed in January thanks to a tiny cart of just $ 4.100 (about R $ 22.850 at the current price), the Wuling Hongguang MINI EV.
The compact is the result of a joint venture between Chinese automaker SAIC and American General Motors. According to data from the portal specializing in electric cars, Electrek, the Wuling Hongguang MINI EV sold more than 36.000 units, against 13.000 vehicles Model 3 e 1.600 Model Y, both from Tesla.
However, when considering the entire period since the inauguration of the Gigafactory, which took place in October 2019, Tesla still leads the Chinese EV market with ease. In 2020, the automaker Elon Musk delivered no less than 100.000 units totaling all models.
That number made its flagship, the Model 3, the best-selling electric in China in the year, and surpassed all the country's local automakers in the segment.
Compact specifications don't impress
The technical specifications of the SAIC-GM compact are not at all impressive compared not only with the Tesla, but with most of the EVs available on the market. The small 13kWh battery, for example, has a range of only between 120 km and 170 km.
In addition, calling the model compact is no exaggeration, as it is only 2,9 meters long, 1,5 wide and 1,6 tall. Which helps when parking, but does not guarantee much comfort. However, the price far below competitors can make up for these issues.
With this volume of sales, it is possible to project that, soon, this will become one of the most popular models in China, a success that made SAIC-GM start to mobilize to expand its chain of retail stores across the country.
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