The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV has been generating a surprising amount of interest outside of its home market of China – mostly thanks to strong sales driven by its ridiculously low sub-$5,000 price tag.
A YouTuber based out of China recently paid a visit to the GM-SAIC-Wuling plant where the Hong Guang MINI EV is built, giving us a better idea of how General Motors’ Chinese joint venture partner produces this innovative electric city car.
For those who may not be familiar with the Hong Guang MINI EV, it’s a small, four-seat electric city car that offers roughly 105.6 miles of driving range, or 170 kilometers. The single front-mounted electric motor produces 17.4 horsepower and 62.7 pound-feet of torque, helping it achieve a respectable top speed of 62 mph or 100 km/h.
Thanks to its simple and straightforward design, GM-SAIC-Wuling’s plant can build one Hong Guang MINI EV every minute. Production output is important, as the MINI EV has skyrocketed in popularity in recent months and is now among the best-selling EVs in all of China.
In addition to the assembly line, the MINI EV production facility also houses a battery testing area, where the automaker can validate the performance of the lithium battery packs before installing them in the vehicle, along with a wind tunnel and an outdoor test track.
This plant will soon begin building another variant of the Hong Guang MINI EV – the Macaron. The MINI EV Macaron is a slightly upgraded version of the standard model, featuring additional active safety features, LED headlamps, stylish vintage-look wheel covers, a more powerful 27-horsepower electric motor and a range of bright exterior colors developed by Pantone. The MINI EV Macaron is a bit more expensive than the standard model, priced from the equivalent of around $5,750 USD.
Check out the factory tour video embedded below.