Australia could have a new cut-price king in the world of EVs, with the GWM Ora Good Cat name trademarked Down Under, paving the way for an expected launch later this year.
The Chinese brand's city-friendly EV began the trademark process in December, with the application still being processed, but the move supports news out of the GWM in China that the electric vehicle will launch in Australia later this year.
“Under the overwhelming wave of electrification, as one of the important areas of Great Wall Motor's global strategic map, the Australian market has laid out the line-up of electrified products prospectively, and started the ‘fully charged’ journey of electrification,” the brand said in statement last year.
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Trademarking the model name, then, is the next step to launch, with Great Wall Motors expected to begin an electric assault with the Good Cat.
With a price tag of around 25,000 pounds in the UK ($47,000), the Good Cat will be battling out with the MG ZS EV ($44,999 drive-away) for the title of Australia's cheapest EV.
But in China, and even cheaper Good Cat exists, the R1, which packs a 33kWh and a price tag of around $25,000 converted.
Another member of GWM's L.E.M.O.N Platform gang, the Good Cat is a single motor proposition, with a front-axle motor generating a total 126kW and 250Nm
In the UK, the Good Cat is offered with two battery packs – 47.8 kWh and 62.4 kWh –which deliver a WLTP range of 336km or 420km respectively.
It's also serves up a massively tech-friendly and surprisingly spacious cabin, with exterior dimensions of 4235mm in length, 1825mm in width and 1596mm in height.
Could this be Australia's cheapest EV yet? Watch this space.