GWM ORA UK appoints first official retailer in England for its new ORA Funky Cat electric car

Last month we bought you the news that GWM ORA UK had appointed Peter Vardy in Scotland as its first official retailer for its electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK. The company had now announced it has appointed two major Lookers Group sites as official retailers in England for GWM ORA products. 

GWM ORA is the latest brand to be added to the Lookers product portfolio, with the first sites in Wolverhampton and Braintree set to kickstart sales of the ORA Funky Cat for the group later this year.

Toby Marshall, GWM ORA UK sales and marketing director, said: “As a new brand launching into the UK market, it is essential that we partner with the right businesses.

“Lookers Group has a reputation for expert knowledge within the industry and I am confident they are best placed to help us deliver a premium EV ownership experience to UK customers.”

The Funky Cat First Edition launch vehicle will start with a price of £31,995 and include features like facial recognition, voice recognition, 360-degree cameras and adaptive cruise control as standard.

This neat-looking little hatchback will be available with a 48kWh battery that delivers a range of 193 miles (311km). It will also accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 8.3 seconds. 

Mark Raban, Lookers CEO, said: “As the UK’s leading future-focused motor retail group, with a proud heritage stretching back over 100 years, Lookers is committed to being UK consumers’ number one choice for all-electric driving. 

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“Proud to be welcoming the new ORA Funky Cat First Edition to not one, but two, prominent Lookers sites in our nationwide network, this transformative car brings a fresh new look to the EV market and we are thrilled be among the first in the UK to showcase its arrival.”

The ORA Funky Cat can be charged from 15-80 per cent in just 43 minutes. The vehicle features comprehensive charging capability with Type 2 single-phase AC and three-phase AC charging as standard. The Funky Cat First Edition will also feature DC rapid charging and come equipped with a CCS socket as standard.

Duncan McPhee, Lookers COO, added: “A real game changer for the UK’s EV marketplace, the ORA Funky Cat comes with an exceptional range, outstanding driver-focused features and a price point which many buyers will see as attractive. 

“We’re excited to have such a strong new EV offering for our customers, which will be proudly showcased at our Lookers dealerships in Wolverhampton and Braintree. 

“With a strong record of partnership success with established and emerging EV brands, the arrival of the ORA Funky Cat is a welcome and compelling addition to our growing portfolio.”

The Funky Cat First Edition will be available in a choice of four colour variations, informed by the ORA community in a poll earlier this year. As standard, the vehicle will be presented with a Nebula green exterior paint finish and a black interior. 

Customers can also opt for a Starry black exterior paint. Additionally, Mars red (red and grey interior) and Aurora green (green and grey interior) variations will be available at launch and feature a black or white contrasting roof.

Ora’s Funky Cat has been around in China since 2018 and has a good reputation. It will also be eventually offered with larger batteries. These include 58kWh and 63kWh batteries that will offer a range of 209 miles (336km) and 263 miles (423km) respectively. 

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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