Green Earth being the motto – the global automotive industry is making a commendable transformation by shifting from traditional fuel to greener and sustainable options. Among all, EVs are the preferred choice by automakers and consumers. However, price is a concern for EVs to flourish; the majority of auto markets are in price-sensitive consumer-centric developing countries. Still, our own industry left no stone unturned in adapting to this change by moving towards EVs. Environment friendly budget conscious Indians are waiting for the unveiling of the cheapest cars this year. Eyeing this opportunity, China’s legendary SUV maker, The Great Wall Motors is readying to enter India with its cheapest electric car – Ora – along with other brands in the upcoming Auto Expo. To establish its market in India, GWM is going to take over General Motor’s production facility in Maharashtra. The price is expected to be in the range Rs6.23 lakh – Rs8 lakh.
Why Ora R1 is going to be a sought after car
- Provides maximum mileage of 351 km from its 35 Kw motor with a single recharge. All three EVs from the brand – R1, R2 and iQ are going to influence consumers and bring about a desirable transformation in the auto industry.
- Ora R1 will come AI loaded and with connectivity feature. It will be interesting for the owner to activate the car by greeting it with a simple ‘Hello Ora’. The 9-inch touch screen equipped with voice command, safety measures, autonomous emergency braking and battery heating provision are some captivating features.
- The car will come up with a maximum speed of 100 kmph.
- A facility of free service will be provided for 3 years or 1.20 lakh kms and 8 years or 1.50 lakh kms.
- Soon after its launch, it might face competition from Tata Tigor EV and upcoming Renault EV.
It does look like the Indian buyer will find it difficult to ignore this car. It is cheaper than any other contemporary model and has lower running and maintenance cost. The car is all set to create a storm by mobilizing electric cars in India.