Wuling Nano EV in China – even smaller and cheaper than Mini EV; 305 km range; priced from RM13k?

Wuling Nano EV in China – even smaller and cheaper than Mini EV; 305 km range; priced from RM13k?

SAIC-GM-Wuling, a joint venture between SAIC Motor, General Motors and Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Industry (simply known as Wuling), recently unveiled the new Wuling Nano EV at this year’s Tianjian Auto Show.

The pint-sized electric vehicle is essentially an alternate version of the existing Baojun E200, which is also another product from aforementioned joint venture. Built for cities, the Nano EV is reminiscent of the smart EQ fortwo, in that it is small, sits two people as well as being easy to manoeuvre (the turning radius is just 3.8 metres) and park.

So, just how small is it? According to official specifications, the Nano EV measures 2,497 mm long, 1,526 mm wide and 1,616 mm tall, with a wheelbase spanning 1,600 mm. Those figures are exactly the same as the E200 and comparatively less than the smart car. Widening the comparison scope further, Wuling’s other small EV, the Hongguang Mini EV, is 2,917 mm long, 1,493 mm wide and 1,621 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 1,940 mm.

For motivation, the Nano EV features a front permanent magnet synchronous electric motor rated at 33 PS (32 hp or 24 kW) and 85 Nm of torque, which is good for a top speed of 100 km/h. By comparison, the E200 has slightly higher outputs of 39 PS (39 hp or 29 kW) and 110 Nm, although it’s top speed is identical.

Like the E200, the Nano EV’s e-motor draws power from an IP67-certified, lithium-ion battery located under the seats that has an energy capacity of 28 kWh. This is good for a claimed cruising range of up to 305 km, and when it comes to charging, Wuling says it’ll take 13.5 hours to get from a 20-100% state of charge (SoC) using a standard, 220-volt domestic power socket. There’s also the option of a 6.6-kW AC charger that brings the charging time down to 4.5 hours.

Underneath the cute and boxy body, which is made up of around 40% of high-strength steel, the Wuling features MacPherson struts and independent rear suspension, accompanied by all around disc brakes and 12-inch wheels, the latter paired with 145/70 tyres.

Baojun E200

Other notable features include passive safety systems like ESC, ABS, EBD, an electronic parking brake, an Isofix child seat anchor, a reverse camera, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a low-speed pedestrian warning system, air-conditioning, keyless entry, telematics, LED headlamps and a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, which also doubles as a display for the in-car entertainment system (Bluetooth and radio).

If you’re wondering why there’s a Zootopia theme going on, that’s because this is a limited-edition version called the Disney Zootopia being introduced first. Just 5,000 units of the themed EV will be offered in China, each priced at 59,800 yuan (RM38,745).

A regular version will come along soon, with CarNewsChina reporting that it’ll cost a lot less from 20,000 yuan (RM12,955), severely undercutting the E200 that starts from 54,800 yuan (RM35,509), while being cheaper than the larger Hongguang Mini EV that starts from 28,800 yuan (RM18,662).

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • Dwayne on Sep 30, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Ini Baru ngam, 300km battery capacity EV car is only a city car, lousy for traveling,
    Life is like RMCO/Phase2 PPN – only intrastate Travel

    Balik kampung drive 100km/h+ it also quickly deplete to 2/3 of it’s capacity.

    How to reach Penang Kuantan from KV. No need say jalan² lagi.
    Don’t ask me spend another 30min for a fast charge.

    Even 5mins jam I choose for the toll road.

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  • GenY AEB on Sep 30, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Follow Geely-Proton conversion rates

    This Wuling 300km city EV can sell @ Malaysia @ RM20k starting price.
    Top speed 100km/h.
    No AEB, no ACC, No 360 airbags

    But EV shouldnt be subsidized, and should not pay less road tax, also shouldnt ask for Free New Charging Infrastructure. It’s a crony business. Wasting time to charge, taking away rakyat money, taking away job opputurnities. Used EV sell also ppl say its outdated like a used smartphone, Then no propel disposal and polluting the environment.

    Parasit business.

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  • hazri on Sep 30, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    this is exactly how iriz ev looks like.

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  • ThePolygon on Sep 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    If everybody buy this to commute to work, will we have less jam and more parking space?

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  • Safe?

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  • YB Albert on Sep 30, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    The only problem with this superduper mini is crash rating.
    What is the crash test rating ?Can it survive the Jln Ipoh accident with the lorry? Or will it cause the driver to be’ejected’like a a jet fighter pilot?
    Anyway,with skyhigh car taxes,no car imported into Bolehland is affordably cheap.

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    • Arnie on Oct 01, 2021 at 12:28 am

      Those who can buy fully imported has no reasons to quibble about the asking price.

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    • RyanT on Oct 03, 2021 at 12:52 am

      Nonsense…If selling cheap like motor bikes, what do u expect? Anyone does crash test for motor bikes? This EV is for poor, if want to have good crash test rating, buy Tesla, IX, Taycan la

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    • Alan Tan on Nov 06, 2021 at 10:38 pm

      You’re right. This car needs an eject seat.

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  • cipopot on Sep 30, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    leave aside all the safety measures which some pointed out, this one cute enuff many fan certainly will look into. and hey 300km range suits city driving rather than balik kg jauh2 laa..spend ur money somewhere else if u want car dat can cover long range one.. aiyohh..

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  • Tricoli on Sep 30, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Anyone else sees it as an electric Tata Nano as well?

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  • William MacCormac on Oct 01, 2021 at 4:55 am

    Citroen Ami at least is ‘ugly cute’.

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  • zodiacfml on Oct 01, 2021 at 8:39 am

    nah. too small compared to Mini. a distraction to make the mini better and more production. even if a car is maxed by two people, extra space on the back is useful for groceries or multiple things

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  • City driving only. Its never meant for long distance travelling anyway. Still cheaper than getting a 250cc motorcycle and imagine the ease of finding parking when you go morning market and pasar malam

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  • Tatsuya Suzuki on Oct 02, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Car manufacturer may able to redesign the car sytem that not using chip that mamufacter in year 1990 without any ECU as the car are more efficiency, cheaper and last longer that up to 30 Years life span. Current vehicle depend on chip are short lifespan about 5 years end of life going for scrap. Chips having lifespan count on hours to operate that not reliable assemble inside the car. Manufacter shall redesign with car not using any chip such as Datsun, Morris Minor, Mercedes in range year 1930 – 1990 production run with Carburator.

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  • anonymously on Oct 05, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    what else do you expect from this $3k+ vehicle? want some more modern technology? go for European car then.
    at this price you may can buy a scooter for commuting in city. while now you have the choice to a city car for daily commuting in city, just 100km or maybe 200km+ of traveling per day. this still fine and come back home for overnight charge. if you buy scooter does it protect your from rain? hot sun light? AC? and probably more space than motor bike?

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  • If the regular version came in at less than RM20k (with budget 2022 zero tax insentive) – this would be an interesting proposition as a local town runabout, as a 2nd car of course. Potentially small enough to park as a 3rd car in terrace houses car parks with existing 2 cars.

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