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General Motors Chinese-owned joint venture SAIC-GM-Wuling is behind the .

This small electric vehicle may not look like much from the outside but it has gained traction in China and in other markets due to its competitive price. 

It is an EV that be bought for as little as $5,000 in certain markets. 

The car was initially only offers in the city of Liuzhou, China, but it will now become available to more cities across the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Baojun is becoming one of China’s fast-growing vehicle brands due to its affordable vehicles. 

The EVs take advantage of aggressive government discounts that bring the prices down significantly. 

For example, the original prices for the two of the car cost RMB 93,900 and RMB 109,900 (US$15,000 and $17,500). 

Drivers can buy the car in Liuzhou at only RMB 35,800 (~$5,600 USD) after national and local incentives.

The  the car launches in the Guangxi region it will be come available to buy for RMB 45,800 (~$7,200 USD) to RMB 58,800 (~$9,300 USD) after national and local incentives.

The tiny two-seater measures just 1,488mm in length, 1,506mm in width and 1,670 mm in height. 

Powering the EV is a 29kWh electric motor and battery pack which enables around 155km (96 miles) of range on a single charge. 

It has a tiny turning radius of just 12.14 which means it’ll be agile when travelling around town. 

The top speed of the car is just 62mph and it produces 100Nm of torque. 

Power can be topped up from empty to full in 7.5 hours. 

This is not an exciting spec sheet and it is not a car that is suitable for everyone but what it is clever. 

It’s affordable and targeted at a specific demographic in terms of size, price and performance.

The car is solving a problem. 

Electric cars represent around five per cent of the UK market currently, which has only increased by two per cent since 2016, according to SMMT data. 

Cheaper cars and higher incentives are needed to see the adoption of these vehicles occur at a more rapid rate. 

As air pollution spirals due to polluting older diesel cars and CO2 levels rise for the first time in 14 years, more drivers need to ditch fossil fuels for battery-powered motors.