The world could use more EVs like the Great Wall’s Ora Cat hatchback

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Here at Jalopnik we often advocate affordable, attainable electric cars, because what’s the point of this whole push from internal combustion engines if it only affects people with six-figure salaries? The market could use more EVs for the masses. With that in mind, I present the Ora Cat, a small electric hatchback from a sub-brand of Great Wall Motors, which is slated for Europe in 2022, and made its local debut at the IAA show in Munich this week.

Now, Cat is not new in the global sense; It has been on sale in China since late last year, where it is called the Ora Good Cat. There are also Black Cat, White Cat and Punk Cat, representing the last Heavy Beetle-inspired compact Which came out a few months ago. All these models sport distinct exteriors, making the Ora’s fleet an eggno-any-style experience with regards to cheap electric mobility. How do you want your EV? Boxy, retro or cute?

This is an excellent colour.

This is an excellent colour.
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The Good Cat – which would leave the adjective “good” for Europe – is a small hatch with a freshly cleaned exterior. It looks sophisticated, but it doesn’t try too hard. Some outlets have compared the cat face to a Mini, Beetle or even a Porsche product, which seems like a stretch. There’s no denying Punk Cat’s inspiration, but what does this particular model share with those cars? circular headlights? I don’t see it. Also, the design of the Cat is clearly better than that of the new Mini, directly because the Cat lack of goat.

As we head back, the exterior takes a more unexpected turn, as Aura has delivered one of the most interesting approaches to the rear lights we’ve seen recently. There is a lightbar embedded in the glass of the hatch, along with another set of brake lights, reflectors and reverse lamps on the bumpers at the bottom. This leaves the bulk of the hatch completely light-free, which looks great against the negative space of the license plate housing.

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For Europe, the CAT will be offered with different battery options, according to electrive. A couple 63 kWh batteries supply a single motor producing 126 kW, or 168 horsepower, and 184 lb-ft of torque, a great wall fact sheet mention. It seems that what is offered is equivalent to good cat gt Sold in China, got a little hot on the little guy. Another version on sale in China offers 143 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque, though it’s unclear whether that package will be brought to Europe.

The Cat can reportedly reach 62 mph in 8.5 seconds in the 168 hp trim. That’s a lot! Not every EV needs to illuminate the quarter mile; In fact, I’d even go so far as to say less. Ora also says that the battery/motor pair can travel a maximum of 311 miles, based on NEDC testing. NEDC is an ancient method for measuring range, although a 311 mile result should still give good real-world range for a compact. for reference, Mini Cooper SE It was quoted with a NEDC range of between 146 and 168 miles on a full charge, which translates to 110 miles in EPA speaking.

The V Coffee 01 doesn't look as exciting or distinctive as the Ora Cat, it must be said.

The V Coffee 01 doesn’t look as exciting or distinctive as the Ora Cat, it must be said.
image: Great Wall Motors

Apart from the Ora Cat, Great Wall is also bringing a plug-in hybrid SUV to Europe called the V Coffee 01. It will arrive in Germany first, while the destination for Ora’s rollout is yet to be determined. The cat will hit the UK at some point, though, with auto express Citing prices starting between £25,000 and £30,000. Mini Cooper SE £26K. starts from, therefore CAT would seem like a promising option for those who are mainly concerned with getting the most range for the money.

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