Ora Funky Cat set to launch in UK later this year

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Author: | Updated: 30 May 2022 13:09

Ora UK has officially revealed prices, specs and a release date for its highly anticipated Funky Cat – an all-new EV that’s set to undercut cars like the Volkswagen ID.3 on price.

Costing from £30,495 (after the plug-in car grant has been taken into account), it’ll hit the UK market in the Autumn. Here’s what you need to know.

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Ora Funky Cat fast facts

  • EV platform offers up to 193 miles of range
  • High-tech interior with twin 10.25in screens
  • 6,000 pre-orders already taken
  • Bold look set to offer alternative to mainstream brands
  • 80kW charging allows 15% – 80% in 40 minutes

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Ora Funky Cat styling

With a name like Funky Cat, you’d expect this car to have a little flair in the looks department. The Ora doesn’t disappoint. Up front, there’s a grille-less design incorporating a set of round headlights and a one-piece bumper.

The headlights don’t look too dissimilar to a Mini, but elsewhere the styling couldn’t be more different. Around the rear, for example, the lighting unit is integrated into the rear glass, with the rest of the boot lid and bumper highly stylised to make the most of the clutter-free look.

Four colours will be offered on the launch model – black, green, grey and red. All will feature a contrasting roof option. 18in alloy wheels are standard, as are LED lights. Size-wise, it’s just over 4 metres long and almost 2 metres wide – putting it on par with cars like the Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra Born.

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Ora Funky Cat interior and tech

On the inside, there’s a pair of 10.25in screens, with the infotainment system featuring an app that allows you to control various functions remotely. Over-the-air updates are also on offer, while the centre-console features the gearbox control dials.

Storage space also seems impressive, with various cubby holes and cup holders dotted around the cabin. The First Edition model you see here gets features such as quilted leather-effect upholstery, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and dual-zone air conditioning.

Wireless phone charging is also on the list, as are 360-degree and reversing cameras. Boot space stands at 228 litres with the seats up, while folding the rears down increases this to an impressive 858 litres.

Ora Funky Cat drivetrain

From launch, a 48kWh battery pack will be offered, which offers a range of up to 193 miles. It’s compatible with rapid charging of up so 80kW, which allows a 15% to 80% recharge in less than 45 minutes. Via a 11kW home charger, you can expect a recharge in 3 to 4 hours.

The motor drive the front wheels, and produces around 175hp – enough to get the car from 0 to 62mph in 8.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 99mph. Following its launch, a 63kWh battery model will be added to the line-up, which will increase range to more than 250 miles.

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Ora Funky Cat prices and release date

The most enticing aspect about the Funky Cat is probably its attractive list price, with models costing from £30,495 – that undercuts many similarly sized EVs in the current market that offer similar levels of equipment and range.

Set to launch in the UK in the later months of 2022, Ora has created a “queue jump” ordering system that will launch in June. As soon as they’re available, we’ll bring you leasing plans and more details on this upcoming EV.

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