Wuling Mini EV seen in Malaysia – a small electric city car with 27 PS, up to 170 km range to launch here?

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A Wuling Hongguang Mini EV was spotted recently on a flatbed truck in Malaysia by Zulfadzli Mustafar, a member of the Malaysian Electric Vehicle Owners Club (MyEVOC), fueling speculation that the small city car could be launched here.

The Mini EV is the product of a joint venture between SAIC Motor, General Motors and Liuzhou Wuling Motors and first went on sale in China in July 2020. Outside of its home market, the electric vehicle has also been showcased in Indonesia and is expected to go on sale there this year.

Spec-wise, the Mini EV is 2,917mm long, 1,493mm wide and 1,621mm high, with a wheelbase of 1,940mm. It is equipped with a 27 hp (27 hp or 20 kW) and 85 Nm electric motor for a top speed of around 100 km/h and is powered by a 9.3 lithium (120 km range) or of 13.9 kWh (autonomy of 170 km). – ion battery. This particular unit appears to be the Macaron edition of the Mini EV, based on the badge seen on the C-pillar.

Tan Chong Motor Holdings (TCMH) may be looking to sell the Mini EV in Malaysia, although there’s no clear indication this will happen, and the showy unit could very well be brought in for review – we will have to wait for an official confirmation in the meantime.

In 2019, the company announced in Bursa that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile (SGMW) to explore cooperation in assembly, sales, import and distribution of motor vehicles in Vietnam.

In a subsequent Bursa filing dated November 20, 2019, the company said it was exploring the potential and feasibility of introducing SGMW commercial vehicles to Southeast Asia, with initial countries including Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

Subsequent filings were made announcing extensions to the MoU, the latest dated March 25, 2021, revealing that TC Motor Vietnam (TCMV), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of TCMH, was appointed by TC Manufacturing ( Labuan) Pte Ltd to enter into export contact with SGMW. With this, TCMV became SGMW’s sole and exclusive importer and distributor of vehicles and parts of the N111P and N300P pickup trucks as well as the N300L van in Vietnam.

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