The commercial version starts from 83,800 yuan ($11,815).

On May 9, the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture (between SAIC, GM and Liuzhou Wuling Motors) launched  in China the all-electric version of the Rong Guang van, which is available in two versions:

  • commercial: from 83,800 yuan ($11,815)
  • passenger: from 89,800 yuan ($12,660)

Not bad for a vehicle equipped with a 42 kWh battery, good for up to 300 km (186 miles) of range (passenger version), and 252 km (157 miles) in the case of the commercial version. Of course, all numbers are on the highly optimistic NEDC cycle.

Additionally, buyers can get national EV  subsidies, as well as some additional from Wuling:

"Those who purchase a Rong Guang EV are entitled to a replacement subsidy of up to RMB 10,000, free maintenance, three years of free road service and the free installation of charging equipment."

Rong Guang EV is one of two new Wuling EVs, and one of several new EVs in which at least partially GM is engaged.

It's clearly an entry-level vehicle with not too much equipment, however, we would not be surprised if it will sell at a decent volume.

"With the same dimensions as its siblings powered by traditional internal combustion engines and a 3,050-millimeter wheelbase, the Rong Guang EV has an extensive 5.1 cubic meters of cargo space. The minivan comes with electric power steering (EPS) and is equipped with a driver’s side air bag for added safety."

Wuling - Rong Guang electric van specs:

  • range (NEDC):
    passenger version: 300 km (186 miles)
    commercial version: 252 km (157 miles); 5.1 cubic meters of cargo space
  • 42 kWh battery
  • AC charging in 7 hours
  • DC charging in 2 hours
  • 3,050-millimeter wheelbase

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Wuling Launches Rong Guang Electric Minivan

SHANGHAI – Wuling launched its first electric minivan, the Rong Guang EV, on May 9. Two variants are being offered to meet the needs of business and personal users.

The commercial version with sealed side and back windows has an all-electric range of 252 kilometers and is available for RMB 83,800. The passenger version has a range of 300 kilometers and is available for RMB 89,800. Customers can benefit from national subsidies for new energy vehicles.

With the same dimensions as its siblings powered by traditional internal combustion engines and a 3,050-millimeter wheelbase, the Rong Guang EV has an extensive 5.1 cubic meters of cargo space. The minivan comes with electric power steering (EPS) and is equipped with a driver’s side air bag for added safety.

The Rong Guang EV has been put through more than 100,000 kilometers of high-intensity road testing. Its 42-kWh battery alone has undergone more than 40 rigorous tests such as fire, collision, vibration and extrusion. It has received an advanced IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating.

The Rong Guang EV supports conventional AC charging and DC fast charging. Using AC charging, it can be fully charged in seven hours. With DC fast charging, it can be fully charged in just two hours.

Those who purchase a Rong Guang EV are entitled to a replacement subsidy of up to RMB 10,000, free maintenance, three years of free road service and the free installation of charging equipment.