In July this year, Morris Garages (MG Motor) marked its debut in the Indian market with the launch of Hector SUV. MG Hector is one of the first connected SUVs to be launched in India. After witnessing tremendous customer demand for Hector SUV, MG Motor is gearing up for the launch of its first electric offering in India. Yes, you read it right. However, for the MG Motor’s first electric offering, you will have to wait for 2020. Reportedly, MG Motor will launch the ZS electronic SUV in January next year. In the meantime, the UK-based carmaker also intends to reopen bookings for Hector which were suspended temporarily a while back.
“The ZS will be produced locally in India,” the news agency IANS had quoted Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director of MG Motor India, as saying. It is worth mentioning here that the battery for the vehicle will be imported from China-based CATL.
“MG Motor Indiahas a global tie-up of with CATL, which is one of the biggest producer of lithium-ion batteries in the world. However, depending on demand, MG Motor may assembly battery packs with CATL in India,” Chaba told IANS.
As far as the specifications and features are concerned, MG ZS EV comes with seating capacity for five and full-sized boot. MG ZS EV is a compact SUV and it comes with a water-cooled 44.5kWh lithium-ion battery which can deliver a driving range of around 262km on a single charge.
According to report of IANS, MG Motor has also planned to give a small number of ZS EV to a select customer base in India ahead of its launch in order to create hype for electric SUV. Importantly, the UK-based carmaker will place its fast-charging infrastructure in certain locations by October.
“MG Motor has ramped up the production of Hector SUV to 3,000 units in September. The move is meant to fulfil the delivery target for the Hector so that pre-orders for the vehicle can be opened once again. The company had stopped accepting registrations for its first offering in India after receiving 28,000 bookings for Hector,” Chaba told IANS.
The MG Hector is being produced at the company manufacturing facility in Gujarat. MG Motor has invested Rs 2,200 crore in its plant and installed an all-new assembly line.