ORA Good Cat is a brand new electric vehicle that was introduced in October of 2020.

In this video, I cover the ORA Haomao Good Cat and discuss why it’s another impressive affordable EV with a good chance of succeeding all over the world.

As I’ve discussed in previous videos, China is the leading EV market in the world. It has the most EV models for sale as well as the most affordable ones as well. Until EVs are available for a similar price as a gasoline equivalent one, it’s difficult for the average consumer to want to make the switch to electric. Well, the main problem currently with electric cars is that the prices are too high for what you get.

The ORA Haomao has a pretty good shot at making believers out of skeptical consumers. I’ll discuss the range, price, dimensions, and market viability of the Good Cat.

The Good Cat is the fourth EV made by Great Wall Motor. Great Wall sold over a million vehicles in 2019 and has been making cars since 1984.

The four door compact hatchback has a bit of a Volkswagen Beetle appearance. If you see a bit of Porsche in there, it might be because the Good Cat was designed by former Porsche designer Emanoel Derta.

I think it looks great. It’s distinctive and has some presence. I especially like the round headlights and the bulging fenders.

The Haomao seats up to 5 passengers. The Good Cat measures 4235mm in length by 1825 mm in width and 1596 mm in height. That’s 167 inches long by 72 inches wide by 63 inches tall. To give you an idea, that’s about the same size as the Volkswagen ID.3 or the Golf. It has a cargo capacity of 8 cubic feet (228 L) to 30 cubic feet (858 L) depending on if the rear seats are folded or not.

The Haomao has a 105 kW motor or 141 hp with 210 Nm or 155 lb-ft of torque. So it’s no speed demon but will get from zero to 50 km/hr (about 32 mph) in 3.8 seconds. The maximum speed is 93 miles per hour or 150 km/hr.

One appealing part of the Haomao is the availability of two batteries that produce good range. The standard 47.8 kWh battery pack provides 401 km or 249 miles of NEDC range. The larger 59.1 kWh battery pack provides 501 km or 311 miles of NEDC range. Since NEDC range tends to be overly optimistic, expect EPA mileage to be about 30% less. Even then, we are talking about 280 km or 174 miles for the smaller pack and 351 km or 218 miles for the larger pack.

The battery can be fast charged from 30% to 80% in 30 minutes.

The prices start at $15,800 for the base standard battery trim and $20,400 for the larger battery trim.

The Good Cat has the safety features that we expect in the US and Europe including air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, driver assistance features like lane keep assist, road traffic sign recognition, fatigue monitor, adaptive cruise control, 360 degree camera, and even automatic parking.

The Haomao includes LED head and tailights. It also features a full digital instrument cluster and a 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system. The interior has a nice look of a car that should cost significantly more than the $16 to $20000 price tag.

The Good Cat is one EV that has good potential to be exported since it has many things that EV buyers in Europe, North America, and Australia are looking for. It’s got plenty of range for most people. It’s a practical hatchback style that is easy to park but has lots of room inside. The Haomao has good looks inside and out. Plus the tech is impressive. Safety should be good based on all the safety features.

It doesn’t look like it would need a lot of work to make it compliant to sell to the rest of the world. Great Wall Motors Vice President Ning Shuyong said, “Our cars are designed and built in compliance with international standards and we definitely set our sights on international markets including Europe.”

He said that Great Wall Motors is studying ways to build out its global distribution system for electric vehicles with the ultimate goal of selling to Europe, part of the company’s efforts to go global.

In fact, Great Wall already is selling one of its EVs in Latin America and India. I think for them to have success, the ORA Haomao would have to undercut the established competition in price significantly. The good news for Great Wall is that most competitors start at over $30,000 US and the ORA Good Cat should be able to be sold at a lower price than that based on how much they sell them in China.

The main concern I have for the ORA Haomao is the lack of dealer networks to sell these vehicles in Europe or North America. And are consumers going to trust a Chinese brand that they’ve never heard of in these markets? We’ll find out soon enough as some Chinese EVs are definitely starting to ship to Europe already.

What do you think of the ORA Haomao Good Cat? How much should it cost for you to consider buying it over the competition like the Nissan LEAF or Volkswagen ID.3?

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