The Chinese brand Wulin is officially launching its Air EV, a very low-cost electric city car in its territory. Already marketed in India and Indonesia, it could very well be marketed in Europe at a price that defies all competition.
Never heard of Wuling before? Don’t worry, this is completely normal. But be aware that the Chinese brand, founded in 1982 and renamed in 2007 to its current name, is not an obscure small manufacturer in its home country. In fact, its Hongguang Mini EV was the best-selling car in China in 2021, even ahead of the Tesla Model 3! A real success for the city dweller, still totally unknown in our region, but which is part of the SGMW group made up of the Chinese giant Saic (to whom we owe in particular to MG) and the American group General Motors.
A mini-city car with international ambitions
Last August, Wuling expanded its range with a new convertible, called the Hongguang Mini EV Cabrio. It is then the most compact convertible car in the world, boasting a length of just 3.06 meters and available in two versions. A few months later, another model was added to the manufacturer’s range, namely the Wuling Air EV. But, to be honest, it’s not entirely new, because is already manufactured and sold in Indonesia since the beginning of August.
But now it arrives in China, under the name of Clear Sky. The city car then comes in two sizes, with a length of 2.60 and 2.97 meters. For comparison, the Hongguang Mini EV is 2.92 meters long.
If this newcomer is currently only sold in Indonesia and soon in the Middle Kingdom, it will also be exported to other countries, and in particular to India as well as Egypt. As explained in a statement from the brand, other regions of the world would also be in the sights of the city car. If nothing has been confirmed yet, an arrival in Europe should absolutely not be ruled out, quite the contrary.
If Wuling shouldn’t start with us, the Air EV can be exported by a third party company. This is particularly the case for bodybuilder and bodybuilder Dartz, based in Latvia and approved to market the Hongguang Mini EV Cabrio on the Old Continent. The company could therefore also take over the sale of the new city car with us in the coming years.
an unbeatable price
So the new Wuling Air EV could hunt in the lands of the Dacia Spring, which remains one of the most affordable electric cars on the market today despite a slight increase in prices. As detailed on the website China car newsthe city car is equipped with a 30 kW electric motor, equivalent to 40 horsepower, while the Spring has 44 horsepower. Top speed is limited to 100 km/h..
The Air EV has a battery from 17.3 to 26.7 kWh depending on the version, allowing it to travel between 200 and 300 kilometers. Be careful, because it’s probably the Chinese CLTC cycle, less strict than our European WLTP. It will therefore be necessary to have a range of around 170 kilometers for the standard version, while the Long Range variant should reach 255 kilometers.
Recharging is then carried out in 4 hours at a power of 6.6 kW, as specified on the brand’s website. The Long Range version requires four hours, with a charger that supports up to 6.6 kW. Three levels of finishes are offered, with a very interesting endowment. The two tallest versions are in fact equipped with a 10.25-inch screen, also acting as a digital device.
And you also have to take into account the price of this Air EV, which starts at just 238 million Indonesian rupees, which is equivalent to just 15,521 euros according to the current exchange rate. If the city car were sold in France, it would then be able to claim an ecological bonus of 4,190 euros, equivalent to 27% of the car’s price. This would be displayed for just around 11,331 euros. A hypothetical tariff, which does not include French taxation and the possible increase due to improvements to better meet European safety standards, but also the cost of importation and various taxes.
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