MG ZS EV battery recycling tie-up announced in India

MG Motor India has tied up with TES-AMM in India for recycling batteries of the MG ZS EV in the country. TES-AMM is a Singapore-based electronic waste recycling company.

The partnership with TES-AMM is the fourth such for the SAIC-owned MG brand for the safe and secure disposal of EV batteries. Previously the company tied up with Umicore, Exicom Tele Systems and Tata Power, for second-life use of batteries for non-automotive purposes.

In partnership with France’s Recupyl, TES-AMM runs the only Lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Asia, in Singapore. The 1,000+ current and growing ZS EV owners in India will have a greater peace of mind knowing the batteries of their electric SUV will be recycled safely.

MG Motor India says that TES-AMM is certified in multiple management systems including 18001:2007/R2 (Responsible Recycling) and the company uses a mechanical-hydrometallurgical process for enhanced asset recovery that is environmentally safer and superior.

The MG ZS EV, imported as a CKD kit from MG’s Chinese facility, is available in two variants – Excite and Exclusive. The Excite variant priced at INR 20.88 lakh (ex-showroom) and the Exclusive variant costs INR 23.58 lakh (ex-showroom). Since October, there are 21 cities where the MG ZS EV is on sale in India.

The MG ZS EV Excite gets automatic projector headlamps, LED DRLs, electric ORVMs, 17-inch alloy wheels, 3.5-inch MID, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with four speakers, push-button start/stop with keyless entry, 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC and brake assist, hill-start assist and hill-descent control, rear parking sensors and camera. The MG ZS EV Exclusive comes fitted with I-Smart EV 2.0, panoramic sunroof, leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, electrically folding ORVMs and 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

MG ZS EV rear three quarter view 2- Auto Expo 2020
The MG ZS electric competes with the Hyundai Kona EV while the Tata Nexon EV at the lower-end is also seen as an indirect competitor.

The MG electric SUV is powered by a 44.5 kWh battery pack driving a front-mounted electric motor. It generates a power of 105 kW and 353 Nm of instant torque, making the premium zero-emissions car accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.5 seconds on to a top speed of 140 km/h. The battery has a range of 340 km and can be charged up to 80% in 50 minutes through a 50 kW fast charger.

To make the ownership experience better for ZS EV customers, MG had installed 10 DC chargers at its dealerships across India before launch. The company had partnered with Fortum and Delta Electronics India for fast charging and slow charging segments, respectively. Fortum had 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. Since October, the company has been rolling out fast-chargers offering a peak power of up to 60 kW in partnership with Tata Power.

MG is planning to assemble batteries in India as a next step to bring down the price of its electric cars and finally launch an affordable EV in India in about 2 years as confirmed by its President and Managing Director, Rajeev Chaba.