Pricier than the Myvi's Indo twin, could the Wuling Air EV kickstart Indonesia's EV revolution?

CY Foong · Jul 12, 2022 10:50 AM

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It looks like the first Wuling electric vehicle (EV) that will be assembled (CKD) in Indonesia isn’t the super popular Hongguang Mini EV but the Wuling Air EV. Making its global debut back in June, Wuling Indonesia has opened pre-bookings for the micro-EV on its website and through the Indonesian e-commerce site, Blibli.

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For now, only estimated prices have been announced for the two variants that will be making their way into Indonesia soon:

  • Standard Range (200 km) – IDR 250 million (~RM 74k)
  • Long Range (300 km) – IDR 300 million (~RM 89k)

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Though this could make the Air EV the most affordable EV on sale in Indonesia, it is still more expensive than the Daihatsu Sirion, the Perodua Myvi’s Indo twin which starts from IDR 227.6 million (~RM 67k).

Also read: 2022 Daihatsu Sirion facelift launched in Indonesia, Myvi twin gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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For those early adopters who would want to hop on the EV bandwagon, however, the Wuling Air EV might be an interesting futuristic alternative to a cheap city car. Speaking of which, the design of the exterior feels a lot more modern than the retro but cute Hongguang Mini EV.

Also read: The Wuling Hongguang Mini EV is so cheap, because it's made using stuff you can find at home

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While the model shown to the public back in June had its interior all covered up, Wuling has this time released official images of the interior, and compared to the Hongguang Mini EV, it feels a step up.

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Features that will be offered on the Indo-spec Air EV include:

  • Two airbags (driver and front passenger)
  • Rotary dial gear selector
  • Electric parking brake (EPB) with auto-hold
  • 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster
  • Black and white synthetic leather seats
  • 10.25-inch infotainment system that supports Bahasa Indonesia.

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Wuling Air EV specifications
Variant Power output (PS) Battery size (kWh)
Standard Range 41 17.3
Long Range 68 26.

The Wuling Air EV apparently has room for up to four passengers despite its diminutive size that measures 2,900 mm long and 1,500 mm wide. Top speed for the micro-EV is 100 km/h regardless of whichever variant is selected so this is still a purely urban-centric EV than one for long-distance.

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Wuling has yet to mention the charging times for the Air EV but it claims that the batteries used have gone through stringent tests to ensure their safety.

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As mentioned earlier, the Indonesian-spec Air EV will be Wuling's first locally-assembled EV in Indonesia but outside of the archipelago, Wuling doesn’t have much of a presence in Southeast Asia. Though a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced between a subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings and Wuling back in 2020, things have been quiet since.

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The Wuling Air EV looks the part in providing EV mobility but would the seemingly high price put off most Indonesians? Across Southeast Asia, EV penetration isn’t that high despite some attractive-sounding policies but it is definitely gaining traction, mostly for those who see them as their second or third car.

Also read: MAA: Only 10 EVs sold in Malaysia in Jan 2022 while Indonesia sold 3x more

CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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