2023 GWM Ora price and specs: Mini electric hatch now cheapest EV in Australia!


Key Points

  • Ora EV price cut to start from $39,990
  • Up to 420km range, two LFP or NMC battery sizes
  • Rivals BYD Dolphin, MG 4 electric hatches

The GWM Ora electric hatch has received a further $4000 discount in Australia for the 2023 run-out model. It is now the cheapest EV in Australia

Now priced from $35,990 to $47,990 before on-road costs, the Ora EV (known as the Funky Cat or Good Cat overseas) provides between 310km to 420km of claimed WLTP driving range depending on the variant. It is now the lowest price EV available new in Australia.

UPDATE 14/1/24: For a limited time (until 31 March 2024), the GWM Ora 2023 run-out model price has reduced by $4,000 and will start from $35,990 before on-road costs ($36,638 to $39,003 drive-away).

GWM Ora EV wheels and logoGWM Ora EV wheels and logo

The affordable electric car is eligible for most Australian electric car incentives, including the fringe benefits tax (FBT) exemption for fleets and novated leases.

The GWM Ora directly competes with the (still) slightly cheaper MG 4 and BYD Dolphin hatches, small electric SUVs such as the MG ZS EV and BYD Atto 3, and pricier alternatives such as the Nissan Leaf and Cupra Born electric cars.

Ora EV Key Specs: Range, Charging and Size

GWM Ora EV charging port

The affordable GWM Ora electric hatch features the same front-wheel drive electric motor with identical power outputs across the line-up.

The base Standard Range uses the longer-lasting, cobalt-free lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode with up to 310km claimed WLTP range.

Meanwhile, the bigger Extended Range pack on all other variants adopt the more energy dense nickel-manganese cobalt (NMC) type with up to 420km claimed range. It is also naturally slower off the line due to the added weight.

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Ora EV Price and Models

Woman drags charging cable from home wall box to GWM Ora at driveway

The GWM Ora EV is offered in four variants in Australia. The base Ora Standard Range is now $4000 less than before, while the Extended Range and GT prices have been cut by $2000.

The Chinese automaker attributes the discount to lower raw material prices for battery packs, "along with other factors" – with the introduction of the sub-$39,000 BYD Dolphin and MG 4 rivals a likely contributor.

Meanwhile, the new Ultra model has been added in response to "strong initial customer demand and positive dealer feedback". It brings some comfort and convenience features from the GT for less than the $50,000 mark.

GWM is also offering a free Level 2 wall-mounted home charging station for buyers who take delivery of a new Ora Extended Range, Ultra or GT before September 30 or while stocks last. This includes current customer orders.

It is capable of single-phase 7kW AC charging speeds and is usually worth $1690. However, note that installation fees aren't included.

GWM Ora Standard RangeGWM Ora Standard Range

Ora Standard Range price: $35,990 before on-road costs

The base GWM Ora Standard Range is priced from $34,990 before on-road costs and incentives. It includes most features as standard, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, leatherette seats, and a suite of active safety assistance systems.

Standard Range features:

Battery45.4kWh usable LFP battery
Exterior18-inch alloy wheels
LED head- and tail-lights
InteriorHeated folding wing mirrors
Leatherette seats
Six-way electrically adjustable driver seat
Four-way electrically adjustable front passenger seat
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Technology10.25-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
10.25-inch driver instrument display
Qi wireless charging pad
Safety assistFront auto emergency braking with car/pedestrian/cyclist/intersection detection
Blind-spot assist
Rear cross-traffic alert
Lane keep and centring assist
Adaptive cruise control
Rear collision warning
Traffic sign recognition
Facial recognition driver attention monitoring
360-degree camera
Rear parking sensors
GWM Ora EV seats and drivingGWM Ora EV seats and driving

Ora Extended Range price: $41,990 before on-road costs

Additionally, for $5000 more, the Extended Range gains a larger NMC-based battery with longer driving range. There are no additional features, though.

Extended Range adds:

Battery59.3kWh usable NMC battery
GWM Ora charging port and interior shortcut keysGWM Ora charging port and interior shortcut keys

Ora Ultra price: $44,990 before on-road costs

Costing another $3000 than the Extended Range, the Ultra adds comfort and convenience features, such as a hands-free electric tailgate, heated, ventilated and massaging front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

Ultra adds:

ExteriorHands-free electric tailgate
Auto folding mirrors with memory function
InteriorPanoramic sunroof
Heated, ventilated, massaging front seats
Driver seat memory function
Heated steering wheel
TechnologyAutomatic parking assist

Ora GT price: $47,990 before on-road costs

Finally, the GWM Ora GT is a $3000 extra spend compared to the Ultra. It features a sportier exterior and interior design, a launch control function, and has front-cross traffic alert and braking.

GT adds:

Exterior18-inch GT design alloy wheels
GT bumpers and grille design
Red-painted brake callipers
TechnologyLaunch control
Safety assistFront cross-traffic assist
GWM Ora EV colour options

GWM Ora EV Options

  • Standard paint – no cost: Hamilton White
  • Metallic paint – $595: Aurora Green*; Glacier Blue; Mars Red; Sum Black

Note: All exterior colours come with a two-tone black roof and wing mirrors, except Sum Black which features a unique white two-tone combination.

*Only the Aurora Green exterior colour comes with a two-tone turquoise interior; all other colours have a black interior.

Ora EV Warranty and Servicing

GWM Ora EV centre console

The GWM Ora EV is covered by a seven-year, unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty and an eight-year battery warranty.

The Chinese car brand also offers five-years roadside assistance and capped-price scheduled servicing for the first five visits.

It requires servicing every 12 months/15,000km and can be maintained at GWM's nationwide network of 84 dealers.

GWM Ora EV servicing schedule and costs:

Servicing interval (time/distance)Servicing cost
12 months/15,000km$99
24 months/30,000km$99
48 months/45,000km$99
60 months/60,000km$99
72 months/75,000km$99

How does the GWM Ora compare to other EVs?

Standard Range

The base GWM Ora Standard Range is comparable to the BYD Dolphin and MG 4 on paper. A key advantage is the ability to charge off three-phase 11kW AC power and it's more powerful than the affordable BYD electric car.

However, it has a lower peak DC fast charging rate than the MG EV, lower claimed WLTP driving range, and a smaller boot capacity.

Extended Range

The GWM Ora Extended Range has the advantage of a three-phase onboard AC charger, but the BYD Dolphin and MG 4 affordable electric hatches still provide longer claimed driving range and better performance.


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