World's Cheapest Electric Car is coming to the Indian Auto Expo
Priorities vary. If its beauty for Aston Martin, outrageous designs for Lamborghini, I believe Indians share a similar enthusiasm when it comes to prices. No wonder the cheapest car in the world (read Tata Nano) came from an Indian company. However, that title might soon get adopted by the Chinese.
Making its debut in China back in 2018, the world’s cheapest electric car looks ready to set foot in its neighbouring country. Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors has confirmed to introduce the world’s most affordable EV - the Ora R1 at the upcoming Indian Auto Expo. And accompanying this little electric hatchback will be a couple of SUVs from its sister brand, Haval.
As confirmed via the parent company’s Twitter account, Great Wall Motors (GWM) will be bringing two of its subsidiary companies - Ora and Haval to India. While ORA (short for Open, Reliable and Alternative) will focus on the electric circuit, Haval will cater to the uprising SUV needs of the Indian population.
Launched in 2018, Ora forms the new-energy arm for GWM. Although the subsidiary company has already released three models (iQ and R2 being the two) back home, it plans to start things off in India only with its most recognised product - the R1. There is no confirmation on the R1 being sold in India, but it might be getting showcased only to gauge the initial public reactions. And assuming the crowd will have a fair amount of enthusiasts, they might be quick to draw the resemblance between this R1 and the Honda E. The former looking more like a Chinese derivative of the Honda E. Erm…...which it sort of is.
As for the specifications of the R1, the little EV is powered by a 35kW motor. Carrying a claimed range of 351kms on a single charge, Ora has priced this vehicle from 59,800 to 77,800 yuan, which roughly translates to INR 6 Lakh ($8,360) to INR 9 Lakh ($12,540). This affordable sum extends the R1’s gap from the other EV competitors (Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona EV) to a significant margin.
Coming back to the expo line-up, the R1 will be flanked by a couple of SUVs wearing the Haval badge. The SUV-specialist subsidiary is looking to bring up to three models from its stable - the H4, the H6 and the flagship H9. The H4 seems most likely to arrive on the Indian shores first. With dimensions resembling the likes of Tata Harrier and Hyundai Creta, expect that SUV segment to get busier than ever.
If you’re still wondering as to which group of cars will GVM actually sell here, don’t fret. The DT India team is excited and prepared to cover the event, thereby keeping you updated on the same. And yes, on your behalf, we might just welcome the Chinese representatives by asking the obvious question - “kitna deti hai?”.