The ORA Good Cat electric car by GWM (Great Wall Motors) of China, is making waves in whichever market it has been launched so far. The vehicle was introduced in China in November 2020, sales began in Thailand in October 2021 and in Europe from early 2022.
The ORA Good Cat is called as Haomao (literally meaning good cat) in China and is marketed as Funky Cat in Europe while there is a performance variant called Good Cat GT on sale as well. The vehicle is loved for its retro styling, spacious interior, impressive list of features on offer as well as an impressive drive range per single recharge.
According to latest information, the ORA Good Cat has now become even cheaper in Thailand due to incentives provided by the Thai government to stimulate the demand for electric vehicles, which will eventually make the Good Cat even more popular. The Good Cat which was launched in Thailand in November 2021 first saw a price cut of up to 16% in March 2022 thanks to subsidies and additional value-added tax (VAT) reduction privileges provided by the government.
The Good Cat with above mentioned subsidies factored in retailed at 828,500 baht (PKR 47.65 lac) for the base Tech variant, while the mid-range Pro was 898,500 baht (PKR 51.68 lac), and the range-topping Ultra sold for 1.0385 million baht (PKR 59.73 lac). Now, with the tax and duty reductions, the Tech is priced at 763,000 baht (PKR 43.89 lac), which is 7.9% less than before. The Pro variant goes for 828,500 baht (PKR 47.65 lac) or 7.8% less, while the Ultra sees a reduction of 7.6% to fall below the million-baht mark at 959,000 baht (PKR 55.16 lac).
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All three variants feature a front electric motor delivering 141 hp (105 kW) of power and 210 Nm of torque, but where the Tech and Pro offer a range of 400 km (NEDC standard) from a 47.8-kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery, the Ultra has a 63.1-kWh battery for an increased range of 500 km. All variants support AC charging up to 6.6 kW via a Type 2 connection, with the Tech and Pro variants requiring 8 hours for a full charge, while the Ultra takes approximately 10 hours.
However there is also DC fast charging using a CCS2 connection, where getting from a 0-80% state of charge (SoC) takes about 45 minutes for the 400 km variants and around an hour for the Ultra. From 30-80% SoC, it’s 32 minutes for the smaller battery and 40 minutes for the larger one.
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Talking about the features, the base Tech variant comes with 17-inch steel wheels, an active front grille, manual LED headlamps, key-less entry and start, fabric seats, manual front seats, a 7-inch multi-info instrument display, automatic air-conditioning with a PM2.5 air filter, telematics, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 4 speakers, dual airbags, 5 drive modes, one-pedal function, cruise control, passive safety systems, four rear parking sensors and low-speed emergency braking.
The Pro gets all the aforementioned features but with 18-inch alloys instead of 17-inch, plus it gets automatic LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, an electric panoramic sunroof, synthetic leather upholstery, a powered driver’s seat, a wireless phone charger, adaptive cruise control with intelligent turning, traffic jam assist, a 360-degree camera, automatic emergency braking with intersection detection, front collision warning, wisdom dodge, lane departure warning and centering as well as cornering brake control.
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The top-spec Ultra variant gets everything which the Pro has, plus in addition gets a welcome light effect to the headlamps, 3 interior themes, a memory and massage function for the powered driver’s seat, 6 speakers, parking assist, emergency lane keep assist, lane change assistant, a blind spot monitor, rear collision warning, rear cross traffic alert with AEB and 6 more parking sensors at the front.
Measuring 4,235mm long, 1,825mm wide and 1,596mm tall with a generous wheelbase of 2,650mm, the Good Cat is even larger than the VW Golf. This makes the Good Cat extremely spacious from inside, despite being a hatchback. To make it more easy to understand its dimensions, the new Swift we have here measures 3,855mm long, 1,735mm wide and 1,500mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,450mm.
ORA Good Cat GT in Thailand
The performance variant called Good Cat GT has also been recently priced in Thailand. It features redesigned and more aggressive styling and is equipped with an electric motor developing 170 hp (127 kW) with a maximum torque of 210 Nm. The priciest Good Cat GT will cost 1,286,000 baht (PKR 73.97 lac) in Thai market.
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After triumphing in China, Thailand and European markets where its touted as the cheapest electric car, the ORA Good Cat is set to be introduced in more key markets around the world. Its Malaysian and Australian debut (both RHD markets) is also around the corner.
ORA Good Cat in China
ORA Good Cat in Thailand
ORA Good Cat GT in Thailand
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