GWM Ora 03 - Range, charging and running costs
With either battery pack size, the GWM Ora 03 range is poor in comparison to rivals, and efficiency is disappointing
The electric range of the GWM Ora 03 Pure+ with the 48kWh battery pack is officially 193 miles, which is somewhat shy of the 218 miles the cheaper Standard Range MG4 can manage. That rival does have a larger battery pack than the 03, so it’s a given that the MG4 should go farther. The larger capacity 63kWh 03 Pro+ manages a more respectable 261 miles, but even this comes up short against the 64kWh Long Range MG4, or even the marginally more expensive 77kWh Extended Range MG4 with 323 miles of range.
We tested the 48kWh Funky Cat (which uses the same battery as the 48kWh 03 Pure+) in winter, and during our week of testing, temperatures frequently dipped below zero – the worst conditions for an EV. This resulted in a highly unflattering efficiency rate of 2.8mi/kWh. We calculated that the real-world range in cold weather would be 134 miles.
We’ll have to reserve full judgement on its efficiency until we can test it in warmer weather, but given that the MG4 we tried at the same time managed 3.1 mi/kWh (or an extra 57 miles on a fully charged battery), we anticipate the 03 will still lag behind its rivals. Those looking for greater efficiency should consider the Kia Niro EV. During our MG4 vs Kia Niro EV twin-test conducted in warmer weather, the Niro EV managed 3.9mi/kWh versus the MG4’s 3.5mi/kWh.
The charging speed for the 03 isn’t all that impressive compared with its rivals. A peak charging rate of 64kW is some way behind the 90kW the standard range MG4 can take. This means rapid charging from 10-80 per cent in an 03 (going from around 20 miles of remaining range to just over 150 miles of range) takes 45 mins, whereas going from 10-80 per cent charge in an MG4 takes a little over 30 mins. What’s more, the peak charging speed for the larger battery 63kWh 03 has only been increased to 67kW, so the same top-up will take just under an hour. The Long Range MG4 gets a much faster charging speed of 140kW, cutting its charge time to around 25 minutes.
A much more sensible way of charging the 03 would be to use a 7kW wallbox charger at home and take advantage of cheaper overnight electricity rates. It’ll take just over 7 hours to completely charge up a 48kWh 03 model from flat to full, while the 63kWh model will take 9.5 hours.
Insurance for the 03 will be a little more expensive than it is for the MG4 (excluding the high-performance MG4 XPower which sits in insurance group 40). Both versions of 03 are in group 30, which puts them above the MG4 Standard Range SE and SE Long Range models, which sit in group 27 group 28, respectively.
It’s worth pointing out that both the MG4 and 03 will cost you more to insure than a petrol or diesel equivalent small car. A Skoda Fabia SE L 1.5 150 TSI (which actually gets from 0-62mph faster than the 03) is in insurance group 19.
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We don’t have the updated resale values for the Ora 03 at the time of writing. However, the previous Funky Cat was predicted to maintain a similar percentage of its value over three years and 36,000 miles as an MG4. We anticipate that the 03 should perform similarly.
Some competitive leasing deals for the GWM Ora 03 should help maintain its desirability with people looking for an affordable way into electric vehicle ownership.
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In this review
- 1GWM Ora 03 reviewCute retro looks and lots of safety kit help the GWM Ora 03 stand out from rival electric vehicles
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceThe GWM Ora 03 is nippy enough, but doesn’t shine on the road with a choppy ride and lazy handling
- 3Range, charging and running costs - currently readingWith either battery pack size, the GWM Ora 03 range is poor in comparison to rivals, and efficiency is disappointing
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe GWM Ora 03 looks classy inside, but material quality and an awkward infotainment system let it down
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe GWM Ora 03 has plenty of passenger space, but the boot is far too small
- 6Reliability and safetyToo early to comment on a new brand’s reliability, but the GWM Ora 03 is a safe small electric car