The electric car market remains very small in India currently, but will have to expand rapidly to meet with stricter emissions. MG is planning to make an electric compact SUV to tackle it.
MG Motors has just launched the facelifted Hector range in the Indian market along with a new 7-seat Hector Plus variant as well. The company now intends to further expand its lineup with a new electric vehicle and a compact MPV. Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India, speaking to an online media publication, has revealed that the company is considering a sub-20 lakh electric car that will hit roads by the end of 2022.
While the product details are still pretty scarce, it will most probably be an electric compact SUV to rival the Tata Nexon EV. The automaker is currently developing a lithium-ion battery pack that will deliver a range of up to 500 km on a full charge. But before launching the new compact electric SUV, MG wants to strengthen its charging network in the country. The British brand aims to set up 30-40 supercharging stations across India by the end of 2021.
MG Motors also revealed that the ZS EV received its highest-ever bookings with over 200 order taking place. The MG ZS EV has a 44.5 kWh, liquid-cooled battery pack that offers an ARAI-certified range of 340 km on a single charge. It’s an IP-67 certified battery pack with a water resistance of up to a depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes. The battery pack can be charged up to 80% in 50 minutes via a 50 kW DC fast charger and 100% in 16-18 hours via regular AC charger.
The battery powers a permanent magnet synchronous motor making peak power and torque figures of 145 PS/353 Nm respectively. It is mated to a single-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels. Claimed 0-100 kmph figures of the ZS EV is stated at 8.5 seconds. The electric SUV also comes with three driving modes and three levels of regenerative braking. The MG ZS EV’s price ranges from Rs 20.88 lakh for the Excite variant and goes up to Rs 23.58 lakh for the Exclusive model, ex-showroom.