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It’s hard to imagine a modern world without cars. More recently, humanity moved on horses, and now an indescribable miracle of technology – an electric motor, carries us at a speed of 250 km per hour! Hopefully, this measure will slow down the pollution and destruction of our planet by oil products. More and more manufacturers are choosing electricity as an alternative to gasoline engines. This trend has not been spared by Chinese companies.

The Ora brand is still very young: it was created by Great Wall Motors this year specifically for electric vehicles. The first model in the spring was the unusual cross-liftback Ora iQ, and now the serial version of the second car is presented – this is the small city hatchback Ora R1, which has already won a place in the hearts of buyers as one of the cutest cars.

Under the cartoonish appearance, it is not difficult to identify the donor that the Chinese designers were inspired by. Ora R1 and the five-door smart forfour have the same sidewall shape and length (3495 mm), and the width (1660 mm) and height (1530 mm) of the Chinese car differ from the parameters of the smart by no more than 24 mm. The machine has wheels with a diameter of 15 or 16 inches and plastic outer body panels, so that the curb weight does not exceed 990 kg.

The lithium-ion traction battery is located under the floor of the passenger compartment, with a choice of 28.5 or 33 kWh. The passport mileage on one charge according to the NEDC cycle is 310 or 351 km, respectively. The standard package includes a 3.3 kW charger, which can replenish the energy reserve in 9.5-10 hours, and for an additional charge a 6.6 kW charger is offered, with which the process will go twice as fast.

In a simple four-seater cabin – a minimum of buttons and, in general, attributes of comfort. The equipment includes two airbags, ABS, air conditioning and a media system. The front power window buttons are located between the seats, and the glass in the rear doors does not drop, but folds to the side on the brackets. A proprietary smartphone application is already ready, allowing remote access to some of the machine’s functions.

The vehicle comes in five color options: perfect Titanium White, romantic Cadet Blue, strong  Sky Blue, unbelievable Titanium White and Shiny Black Combo, and Cadet Blue and Titanium White Combo. Even more, the model comes with a three-year or 120,000 km warranty for the entire vehicle, and an eight-year or 150,000 km warranty for major components, it is super cool for an electric car!