MG Motors India has updated the MG ZS EV for 2021. It comes with an updated range, price and reaches 10 new cities.
Here are all of the new features offered in the updated version of the car.
The car will be available in 31 cities from now they are - NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Chennai, Cochin, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Vizag, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Nagpur, Agra, Aurangabad, Indore, Goa, Calicut, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Mysore, Mangalore, Vijaywada, Trivandrum, Puducherry, and Kolhapur.
MG expects to sell more EV's this year. Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India said - "If everything goes well this year, we should sell close to 3,000 ZS EVs. So, the total EV market is probably 10,000 units (in 2021)"
MG also plans to launch a new model in 2022 with a range of 500 km.
"I expect that there would be improvements in battery technology. There would be a lot of research on batteries for India because our country has varied weather conditions.” “From our perspective, you will see that we will be introducing and making some changes that will involve high temperature (resistance) and more range for batteries.” “We should launch a robust 500km of range hopefully by next year" - Rajeev Chaba said.
So this update is interesting because of the bump in range. There is a 23% increase in range with the battery pack having the same capacity as last year which is amazing. MG says owners can get a real world range from 300 to 400 km. We do know our good friend Captain Sanjay, who got an MG ZS EV and he got 290 km range in 44 degrees heat in a test drive done majorly on the highway.
So, Captain who is one of most efficient Electric Car driver in India, can get around 350 km which is amazing range. For example from Mumbai, all one needs is one DC fast charge to get to Goa.
Also the ground clearance has been raised a bit. Apart from that they have added some functionalities to infotainment system to find out CO2 saved per trip.
So, The Tata Nexon EV costs 15 Lakhs which gives you a range of 250 km. You can pay Rs 5 lakh extra and get an ZS EV that goes 350 km. No wonder Indian car companies are lagging behind Chinese OEMs. Tata really needs to step up its game and launch more competitive electric cars.
They have also added some Hinglish voice commands like - 'Khul ja sim sim', 'FM Chalao' etc :)
This tells us that MG is investing in an Indian RnD tech center, apart from their Chinese RnD center. MG Motors also have installed some DC Fast chargers in different cities. Expansion to 31 cities is fantastic. They have also tied up with TES-AMM, a global e-waste recycling service provider to recycle used MG ZS EV lithium batteries. All this shows the company is committed to EV's in India.
Having a target of selling only 3000 electric cars, is still a small number compared to the lakhs of pollution SUV's MG dumps in Indian roads each year. We are still waiting for them to have open ended electric car targets. Nevertheless, It's interesting to see a Chinese company more committed towards electric cars than our Indian car companies apart from Tata Motors. Yes, MG Motors are a Chinese company despite trying to showing their Britishness on their website and their showrooms :)
Indian car companies, who still don't have a single electric car in their portfolio - Watch and learn from the likes of MG.