Morris Garage or MG Motors had taken India by a storm with the launch of the first connected vehicle, the MG Hector. A seven seat SUV run by a conventional IC engine but with an onboard SIM to connect the car to the internet. The Hector offered several firsts in onboard services like navigation, music streaming and on the air updates for the car’s software.
With the world moving steadily towards a world bereft of IC engines. MG Motors is now offering an all electric SUV in the Indian market called the ZS EV. The ZS EV is powered by a three phase permanent magnet synchronous motor generating 143 PS of power at 3,500 rpm and 353 N-m of torque at 5,000 rpm. The car has a battery capacity of 445 KW-h giving it a range of 340 Km. The ZS EV has a length of 4,314 mm, width of 1,809 mm and height of 1,620 mm. With 2,585 mm of wheel base, the car is spacious and seats five in comfort in leather seats. It is capable of a respectable 0-100 Km/h run in 8.5 seconds.
MG is offering the cars in three colours, Ferris White, Copenhagen Blue and Currant Red. The cars come with various options for charging varying from a 15 Amp point for home charging to high speed chargers installed at home to ultra-high speed chargers being installed at MG showrooms which would be accessible to owners of MG ZS EV 24/7. With a fast charger, the car can be charged within 50 minutes.
The MG ZS EV is expected to be on sale from January 2020 at a price between INR 20 – 25 Lakhs (US$ 28,430 to 35,540) in India. The first 1,000 bookings would attract a special introductory price not yet declared. The MG ZSEV can be booked on their website for INR 50,000.00 (US$ 710).