Close Login
Register here
Forgot password
Forgot password
or
or

Close
Close Inspiration on environmental sustainability, every month.

Currently 5,988 people are getting new inspiration every month from our global sustainability exchange. Do you want to stay informed? Fill in your e-mail address below:

Close Receive monthly UPDATES ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR MAILBOX EVERY MONTH.

Want to be kept in the loop? We will provide monthly overview of what is happening in our community along with new exciting ways on how you can contribute.

Close Reset password
your profile is 33% complete:
33%
Update profile Close

Automotive automotive Battery

The Great Wall urban car that might fix China’s mobility problem

Share this post
by: Sharai Hoekema
the great wall urban car that might fix china s mobility problem

It seems inevitable that in places where many people live together, just as many people will be on the move. Whether it is to travel to work, for entertainment, or to visit family - we will constantly find ourselves wanting to get from place A to place B. Now imagine this dilemma for countries even more densely populated than the ones most of us will find ourselves living in. 

Take China, for instance, where a staggering 1.4 billion people are congregated on a relatively small piece of land. Two of its cities - Shenzhen and Shanghai - list in the top 10 of most densely populated cities in the world, with Beijing trailing behind in 12th place with ‘only’ 11,500 Beijingers living on a square kilometer. 

For the sake of comparison: the first Western cities listed come in at 42nd and 43rd, being Madrid and London respectively, ranking at some 5,000 inhabitants per square kilometer each. 

The strain of densely populated urban areas

While most will surely agree that such densely populated areas might significantly lag behind in terms of quality of life, usually suffering from tiny living spaces and limited resources, one problem stands out most markedly: the overcrowded infrastructure. Most people will not even dare to get in their car during rush hour, while public transport is struggling to keep up with the ever-growing flow of impatient travellers.

This does not even take into account the strain that urban living puts on the environment at large. All of these cars dieseling and fuming out exhaust gasses whilst stationary in traffic have been identified as some of the most significant culprits in the fight against global warming. This is exactly why we are so excited about the trend of urban cars, that are hoping to fix the urban mobility issue and tackle pollution at the same time.

Introducing the Great Wall urban car

The Chinese automotive company Great Wall Motor has unveiled its prototype of an urban car, aptly named ORA R1. With its claim of being all-electric, capable of achieving a 200-mile range, and its relatively low purchase price at $8,680 - a bargain in the world of electric cars -, it is certainly looking promising. 

The ORA R1 will become the poster child of the ORA brand, that is looking to take the world by storm. For this, it cites its relatively large range and smart solutions as the main selling points. General Manager Ning Shuyong explains its appeal as follows: “ORA replaces the traditional sales, service, spare parts and surveys (4S) dealership-centered model that is common in China with a network consisting of ORA Home, experience centers and smart outlets in the central business districts of Chinese cities. In addition, the big data cloud that is created as the result of the information collected from the ORA app, the ORA shopping site and the Tmall e-shop opens the way to the development of multiple scenarios for offline sales and services as well as new transportation services for both drivers and passengers.”

Efficiency meets cost-effectiveness

So, ORA is looking to disrupt the car industry in China through a model that replaces dealerships with all kinds of experience centers, while adding a big data solution that provides its drivers with enhanced personalisation. Although some have remarked that the actual milage might be somewhat lower than the 200-mile range that it is marketed at, and its speed insufficient for longer distances anyway. With its 35 kW electric motor, rather small for its size, the absolute maximum speed will be some 100 km/h or 62 mph. 

Yet one should not forget that this is designed to be a car for urban use only. For these purposes, a maximum range of < 200 miles at a speed of < 62 mph should suffice. It will allow you to safely and efficiently cruise through the city, all while minimising your carbon footprint and requiring less space for parking. 

Yet experts all agree on one thing: its ultimate selling point is the price. Taking into account the incentives as offered by the government in tax cuts and subsidies, it is priced somewhere between 59,800 RMB and 77,800 RMD (or USD 8,680 and USD 11,293), making it a very competitive offering. Just add the three-year or 120,000 km guarantee for the vehicle as a whole and an eight-year or 150,000 km guarantee for core components, and you might just find yourself wanting one of these. Chances are you will have to wait for a bit, though: for now, it only retails in China.

https://www.whatsorb.com/category/transportation

Messange
You
Get updates on environmental sustainability in your mailbox every month.

The Great Wall urban car that might fix China’s mobility problem

It seems inevitable that in places where many people live together, just as many people will be on the move. Whether it is to travel to work, for entertainment, or to visit family - we will constantly find ourselves wanting to get from place A to place B. Now imagine this dilemma for countries even more densely populated than the ones most of us will find ourselves living in. &nbsp; Take China, for instance, where a staggering 1.4 billion people are congregated on a relatively small piece of land. Two of its cities - Shenzhen and Shanghai - list in the top 10 of most densely populated cities in the world, with Beijing trailing behind in 12th place with &lsquo;only&rsquo; 11,500 Beijingers living on a square kilometer. &nbsp; For the sake of comparison: the first Western cities listed come in at 42nd and 43rd, being Madrid and London respectively, ranking at some 5,000 inhabitants per square kilometer each. &nbsp; The strain of densely populated urban areas While most will surely agree that such densely populated areas might significantly lag behind in terms of quality of life, usually suffering from tiny living spaces and limited resources, one problem stands out most markedly: the overcrowded infrastructure. Most people will not even dare to get in their car during rush hour, while&nbsp; public transport is struggling to keep up with the ever-growing flow of impatient travellers. This does not even take into account the strain that urban living puts on the environment at large. All of these cars dieseling and fuming out exhaust gasses whilst stationary in traffic have been identified as some of the most significant culprits in the fight against global warming. This is exactly why we are so excited about the trend of urban cars, that are hoping to fix the urban mobility issue and tackle pollution at the same time. Introducing the Great Wall urban car The Chinese automotive company Great Wall Motor has unveiled its prototype of an urban car, aptly named ORA R1. With its claim of being all-electric, capable of achieving a 200-mile range, and its relatively low purchase price at $8,680 - a bargain in the world of&nbsp; electric cars -, it is certainly looking promising. &nbsp; The ORA R1 will become the poster child of the ORA brand, that is looking to take the world by storm. For this, it cites its relatively large range and smart solutions as the main selling points. General Manager Ning Shuyong explains its appeal as follows: &ldquo; ORA&nbsp;replaces the traditional sales, service, spare parts and surveys (4S) dealership-centered model that is common in&nbsp;China&nbsp;with a network consisting of&nbsp;ORA&nbsp;Home, experience centers and smart outlets in the central business districts of Chinese cities. In addition, the big data cloud that is created as the result of the information collected from the&nbsp;ORA&nbsp;app, the&nbsp;ORA&nbsp;shopping site and the Tmall e-shop opens the way to the development of multiple scenarios for offline sales and services as well as new transportation services for both drivers and passengers .&rdquo; Efficiency meets cost-effectiveness So, ORA is looking to disrupt the car industry in China through a model that replaces dealerships with all kinds of experience centers, while adding a big data solution that provides its drivers with enhanced personalisation. Although some have remarked that the actual milage might be somewhat lower than the 200-mile range that it is marketed at, and its speed insufficient for longer distances anyway. With its 35 kW electric motor, rather small for its size, the absolute maximum speed will be some 100 km/h or 62 mph. &nbsp; Yet one should not forget that this is designed to be a car for urban use only. For these purposes, a maximum range of &lt; 200 miles at a speed of &lt; 62 mph should suffice. It will allow you to safely and efficiently cruise through the city, all while minimising your carbon footprint and requiring less space for parking. &nbsp; Yet experts all agree on one thing: its ultimate selling point is the price. Taking into account the incentives as offered by the government in tax cuts and subsidies, it is priced somewhere between 59,800 RMB and 77,800 RMD (or USD 8,680 and USD 11,293), making it a very competitive offering. Just add the three-year or 120,000 km guarantee for the vehicle as a whole and an eight-year or 150,000 km guarantee for core components, and you might just find yourself wanting one of these. Chances are you will have to wait for a bit, though: for now, it only retails in China. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/transportation