Electrifying Encounters: A Glimpse of the ORA Funky Cat and BYD Atto 3
Published on July 26th, 2023 | by Tom Kerrigan
Recently, our business had the pleasure of hosting an extraordinary event – a visit from two unique electric cars that are making waves in the automotive industry. The ORA Funky Cat and the BYD Atto 3, both hailing from China, showcased their impressive features and capabilities, leaving us intrigued about the future of electric vehicles.
ORA Funky Cat: A Bizarre Name with a Promising Performance
The ORA Funky Cat, an electric hatchback, defies conventions with its peculiar yet captivating name. As a part of the ORA sub-brand by the Chinese automotive giant Great Wall Motors (GWM), known for its specialization in electric vehicles, the Funky Cat sets its sights on challenging the small electric car market with its whimsical identity.
In China, this quirky car was originally sold as the Good Cat, but for its European debut, it embraced the ‘Funky’ moniker. The European and Chinese versions boast remarkable similarities, with just a few software tweaks setting them apart. Capitalising on China’s significant share of global electric car sales, ORA seems poised to make a grand entrance into the European EV market.
Presently, the lineup features the ORA Funky Cat First Edition, equipped with a 45.4kWh usable battery, providing an official range of 193 miles on a single charge. Its front-wheel-drive system, propelled by a 170bhp electric motor, accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 8.3 seconds – a decent performance but not the swiftest among electric cars. However, the future holds promises of sportier trims with zippier performance and larger batteries for enhanced range.
BYD Atto 3: A Fresh Contender in the Electric SUV Arena
The BYD Atto 3 introduces itself as a newcomer in the electric SUV segment, representing the brand’s debut in the UK. Emerging from the stables of BYD, a Chinese company founded as a battery manufacturer in 1995, this vehicle now stands as a symbol of the company’s remarkable growth, diversifying its offerings from buses to cars.
Exclusively an electric car with front-wheel drive, the Atto 3 houses a 60kWh usable capacity battery, boasting an impressive WLTP combined range of 260 miles. Its battery’s maximum charging rate of 88kW enables rapid charging, replenishing from 10% to 80% in approximately 45 minutes – a commendable feat akin to the Kia Niro EV and VW ID.3.
Unlike budget alternatives, the Atto 3 exudes luxury, boasting a plush interior laden with cutting-edge technology. It presents a competitive price point, rivalling the Niro EV, while also challenging higher-end options such as the Audi Q4 e-tron and Skoda Enyaq iV, as well as smaller electric models like the Cupra Born and the ID 3.
A Glimpse into the Future: Evaluating the Potential
The visit of these two remarkable electric vehicles has left us pondering their future in the automotive market. With ORA’s unique and bold approach, the Funky Cat’s success hinges on its ability to charm European consumers. As the EV market continues to grow, the Funky Cat may very well find its place among the best small electric cars, representing an appealing option for eco-conscious drivers.
On the other hand, the BYD Atto 3 enters the competitive arena of electric SUVs, banking on BYD’s long-standing expertise in the industry. With a strong focus on luxury and performance, it endeavours to carve a niche for itself, presenting an enticing alternative to both mid-range and high-end electric SUV models.
In Conclusion: A Journey into the Electrified Future
The ORA Funky Cat and BYD Atto 3 have graced us with their presence, unveiling their remarkable features and aspirations. As we embrace the electrified future of transportation, these vehicles stand as symbols of innovation and progress within the electric vehicle landscape.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Ian Mcconnell from Mercedes South-West for facilitating this memorable experience. Their contribution to this event allowed us to witness firsthand the advancements in electric vehicle technology and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.
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