Wuling, a brand of General Motors, recently launched its first electric minivan. The Rong Guang EV, which is an electrified upgrade to the 2008 Rong Guang, will have two variants that will meet the needs of businesses and personal users.
For businesses, the commercial version will have a sealed side and back window and an all-electric range of 252 kilometers. Its starting price is RMB 83,800 ($11,722). For personal users, the passenger version has a bit of a larger range — 300 kilometers — and starts at RMB 89,800 ($12,561). The van is also eligible for national subsidies for new energy vehicles.
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The Rong Guang EV has 5.1 cubic meters of cargo space and will come with electric power steering. It will also have a driver’s side airbag for safety. According to the press release, the Rong Guang EV has been put through more than 100,000 kilometers of high-intensity road testing. It has a 42 kWh battery that has undergone 40 rigorous tests, including fire, collision, vibration, and extrusion. It received an advanced IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating.
It has 120-inch wheels and, with DC fast charging, it can be fully charged in just two hours. GM and Wuling also revealed official images of the company’s first fully electric vehicle, which is a minicar that emphasizes personal mobility. It’s different from the brand’s usual type — minibuses and light commercial vehicles. I personally think it’s rather cute. It’s inspired by the size and appearance of Japanese Kei cars.