April 12: British car manufacturer MG Motor had announced the launch of its Hector SUV in June 2019 in the Indian market. The company now has made its second car, the eZS all-electric SUV, which will be launched by the end of the year. This means that the second car will enter the market after a gap of 6 months.
The company, according to a news report, hopes that the Indian government would bring about subsidies and incentives for EVs under the newly declared FAME II the scheme, which will encourage the public to use eco-friendly mobility solutions.
Rumors are that the cost for the SUV in the Indian market will be less than Rs 25 lakh. This will be a competitive advantage for the car over the upcoming SUV Hyundai Kona. MG Motor unveiled the new eZS SUV at the Guangzhou Motor Show in November 2018. India will be among the first few markets where the SUV will be launched. Apart from India, the car will also be marketed in the UK, Germany, Australia, Thailand, and the Middle East.
The company intends to bring eZS via the CBU route in which around 250 units will be imported from Shanghai following the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notification. MG claims that the internationally sold SUV can cover up to 350km in a single charge.
A 52.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack claimed to 400km+ range powers the MG eZS. It will take 8 hours to fully charge the battery when using a wall charger. As of now, the parent company SAIC uses the same battery pack for various other products.
As per the report, MG is looking for 75% localization and will build the car at its Halol Plant. MG had taken over the plant from GM India. The plant is equipped to produce 80,000 units. The production rate will be hiked to 2,00,000 in the second phase of operations.