> New EV to launch in the UK
> Up to 80kW CCS rapid charging
> Top speed limited to 100mph
> Up to 261 miles of range
> Priced from £25,000
Meet the Ora Cat, a totally new EV for Europe that will be going on sale in the UK at the end of 2021. Ora’s parent company is the Chinese car giant Great Wall, this little electric hatch aims to rival its European counterparts on range, but more importantly, value for money.
It’s not a bad looking thing, is it? The Ora Cat certainly has some personality with its rounded headlights and compact shape. Visually the design language seems to have hints of Porsche and Fiat 500, but the combination is rather unique. It might appear petite, but the car is actually around the size of a Volkswagen ID.3 or Kia EV6.
While there are clearly some hard plastics forming good chunks of the cabin, these are interrupted by interesting quilted materials and intriguing interior architecture. Neat vents, two-tone leathers and an impressive raft of standard equipment certainly make the Ora appear competitive – especially when you consider its pricing.
In addition to 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting and a facial recognition system being standard, a pair of large 10.25-inch screens dominate the dashboard. One serves up driver instrumentation, while the other delivers on your typical infotainment features. The secondary screen also provides the basis for a standard 360-degree camera.
A large glasshouse serves to flood the interior with light and promote a sense of space. There are plenty of cubbies dotted around for life’s miscellanea and sizeable door bins will serve family life well.
Thanks to the spacious layout that EVs afford, the rear quarters of the Cat are impressive. There appears to be plenty of space for adults, and even the middle passenger has a minimal transmission hump in the floor.
Details on boot space have yet to be published. We’ll update this page when more information is available.
There are two versions of the Ora Cat to choose from at launch, but both feature the same 169bhp electric motor that feeds its front wheels. Its 0-62mph run is achieved in a respectable 8.5 seconds, with a limited top speed of 100mph at your disposal.
An entry-level 58kWh battery car is said to be good for 209 miles and comes standard with 6.6kW and 11kW charging capabilities. A bigger battery is available – 63kWh – with 80kW CCS rapid charging on the options list. This car is said to be able to cover 261 miles on a full charge.
Pricing will be one of the Ora Cat’s big advantages with the range kicking off at £25,000. The larger battery is more costly at around £28,000 but considering its range, it presents itself as good value for money.
You will be able to order an Ora Cat from December with deliveries expected in early 2022.