Vehicle electrification is an important challenge to combat climate change, yet the cost of electric vehicles is often comparatively high. In an effort to produce affordable electric vehicles, automakers can sacrifice product quality, which is fraught not only with breakdown and a rapid decrease in vehicle range but also with the safety of its passengers. After conducting an unofficial crash test of Wuling Mini, experts came to the conclusion that the car is unsafe, and in a head-on collision, most likely none of the passengers would survive.
The Wuling HongGuang Mini EV continues to conquer the Chinese market with 29,251 units sold in April alone. Tens of thousands of these tiny electric vehicles continue to flood the country's roads. This popularity is due to its extremely tempting price. For only about $4,500, customers become electric vehicle owners. However, the price should not become the only selection criterion, as in the event of a collision, the owners can pay with their lives for owning this car.
EV enthusiast @ray4tesla/Twitter posted a video filmed by the Chinese team that conducted the Wuling Mini EV crash test. According to footage from the video, in the event of a head-on collision, the occupants of the car will suffer very serious injuries. The description states that the expert concluded that no one in the car could survive a head-on collision, even at low speed. It is worth considering that this is an unofficial crash test, however the video reflects how badly the car is destroyed after the collision.
An unofficial crash test reveals Wuling Mini, the top EV seller in China, may be the most unsafe vehicle ever. “No one in the car can survive even in low-speed frontal crash. Crushed like soda can”, said the tester. https://t.co/WSsh0GB0sM pic.twitter.com/DAsU8FtdfJ— Ray4Tesla⚡️🚘☀️🔋 (@ray4tesla) May 25, 2021
In reality, the Wuling Mini EV is a ticking time bomb, as the manufacturer completely ignored safety in the car in order to make it as cheap as possible. Due to the extremely simplified materials from which the EV is made and the lack of such safety measures as airbags, its passengers risk their lives and health. For example, on February 23, 2021, an Audi car collided with a Wuling Mini in Qinhuangdao. While the occupants of Audi sustained varying degrees of injury, two Wuling passengers died.
While it is currently more expensive to buy an electric vehicle than a car with an internal combustion engine, safety should not be neglected. For example, by choosing electric vehicles from Tesla, owners receive quality vehicles with five-star safety ratings—safety that has been proven time and time again in real-life collisions.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.