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This Wuling mini EV can be seen on our roads

Can we expect to see more of it in the coming days?

The compactness and the appearance of this car will get everyone's attention. PHOTO FROM SOURCE

You don’t need to read the news these days to know what stresses people right now: fuel prices, of course. Which is why electric vehicles—just the e-bikes and the e-trikes, specifically—are so popular now. And with the EV bill basically expected to be approved any day now, the trend seems to point at engine-less cars.

You know that Nissan already has its Leaf in our market, and BYD is also focusing on electric cars, so we guess it’s safe to assume that more EV models are arriving on our shores soon.

Take, for instance, this diminutive Wuling Hongguang mini EV. If you don’t know this brand, it’s obvious from the sound of its name that it’s Chinese. It’s a microcar, which means it’s shorter than 3,000mm. Talk about small and efficient cars for these times of fuel-price hike. A reader saw this car in Legazpi City in Bicol.

This looks like an interesting car to drive in the city. PHOTO FROM SOURCE

“It sounded like a sewing machine when it started,” he told us.

The question now is whether there’s an official distributor for this car, or its presence is courtesy of the gray market. Maybe we’ll hear about it when the EV bill is finally passed into law.

Are you thinking of shifting to electric cars eventually?

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.