MG Motor India’s pure electric ZS has received an exciting response from Indian customers with 2,100 units booked until 17 January. The number is higher than the cumulative sales of electric cars in India this fiscal year. MG has closed bookings for its e-SUV as of yesterday.
TOI reports that the SAIC-owned brand is planning to fast-track its local battery assembly plant, with the company’s Indian boss Rajiv Chaba saying that it may set one in place in the next year investing an additional INR 200 crore.
To be launched on 27 January, 2020, the ZS EV will be made available in two variants – Excite and Exclusive. MG opened bookings for ZS EV at its dealerships for a booking amount of Rs 50,000 on 21 December in 5 cities and closed order books today.
A few days back, the price of ZS EV was reportedly leaked with the Excite variant priced at Rs 24 lakh and Exclusive variant priced at Rs 25 lakh ex-showroom, though reports have said that the car will cost under INR 20 lakh (ex-showroom). MG announced last month that the first 1000 customers would qualify for an introductory price.
The ZS 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.
ZS Exclusive variant 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.
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 Motor India has installed 10 DC chargers at its dealerships across India. The company has also 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. MG Motor India is planning to assembly batteries in India as a next step to bring down the price of its electric cars and finally launch an affordable EV in India within 3 years as confirmed by its President and Managing Director, Rajeev Chaba.
[Source – TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com]