GWM has announced local pricing for the ORA, the Chinese brand’s all-electric, compact hatchback … and, considering the starting price, the least expensive electric vehicle in South Africa. Although the automaker has yet to announce the model range, GWM SA has confirmed the ORA will be priced from R716 900 to R915 900.

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“This is a significant step for GWM South Africa, especially as the car uses a Dragon Volt battery from SVolt Energy Technology Co. that is cobalt-free, as well as being long-lasting and extremely durable,” said Conrad Groenewald, Chief Operations Officer of HAVAL Motors South Africa.

The ORA’s emissions-free powertrain produces 126 kW and 250 Nm of torque. GWM claims a range of 400 km when the lithium-ion battery pack is fully charged. Speaking of charging, the firm says, when plugged into an 80 kW DC fast charger, the battery can be replenished from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in 41 minutes.

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As a reminder, the local arm of the Chinese car manufacturer recently announced indicative pricing for its soon-to-arrive 4×4 SUV, the TANK 300, while confirming the latter model’s larger sibling, the TANK 500, will “likely” reach SA shores early in 2024. The TANK 300 line-up is expected to be priced from R685 900 to R851 900.

So, which models will make up the TANK 300 range? Well, GWM SA hasn’t confirmed the line-up. However, the company has hinted at two powertrains, a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit (producing 162 kW and 387 Nm of torque) and a petrol-electric model boasting combined power and torque outputs of 258 kW and 615 Nm.