Hundreds of electric vehicles in New Zealand have been recalled over a software issue that could lead to owners getting electrocuted when unplugging the car.  

Great Wall Motors (GWM) is recalling its 2023 Ora electric car over a programming issue that increases "the risk of serious injury or death" for the owner.  

"Due to a programming issue, if the operator removes the charging cable without cancelling the charge, an electrical arc between the charging plug and the vehicle may occur," reads the Ora's recall notice issued on Monday.  

"If an electrical arc comes into contact with the operator or bystanders it will increase the risk of serious injury or death." 

The recall notice said (GWM) will contact affected owners about the recall.  

GWM/Haval New Zealand national sales manager Sean Tupp said around 523 Ora EVs are affected in New Zealand.  

He told EVs & Beyond the brand will initiate a recall campaign through its national dealership network once it has received all the necessary information from the manufacturer.  

The recall doesn't just affect cars in New Zealand, it's also in Australia, with all 1659 Ora vehicles being recalled.  

The GWM Ora recently became the cheapest electric vehicle in New Zealand. 

It's reported the entry-level Standard Range variant was sold at a cut price of $42,990 or $35,975 plus on-road costs after rebate beating the MG4 to make it the cheapest electric vehicle in Aotearoa. 

But the cheap price hasn't translated into sales, with Stuff reporting that only 328 Oras have been registered in New Zealand as of the end of November.  

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