MG Motor India has installed 10 DC chargers at its dealerships across India as it gears up to launch its first electric vehicle in India, the MG ZS EV. The 50 kW SuperFast DC chargers will help the ZS EV to reach 80% battery capacity within 50 minutes. The electric SUV normally takes 6 – 8 hours for a full charge with AC fast chargers.
MG Motor has been forging alliances with several EV charging players to offer a robust charging infrastructure across India. The company has partnered with Fortum and Delta Electronics India for fast charging and slow charging segments, respectively. Fortum has already installed four public 50 kW fast-charging stations in South Delhi, West Delhi, Noida & Gurugram with six more fast chargers installed at MG’s Dealer locations in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
Delta Electronics will install AC chargers in private vehicle parking locations such as homes and offices. MG Motor has also partnered eChargeBays, a Delhi-based start-up, to offer last-mile assistance for customers in setting up infrastructure at their home for charging their EV.
MG Motor India has also tied up with two companies – Exicom Tele-Systems and Umicore to ensure that the ZS EV’s battery is re-used and disposed responsibly. Exicom Tele-Systems will assist in second-life use of the batteries in a wide range of non-automotive applications while Umicore will be tasked with battery handling, recycling and end-of-life cycle battery disposal.