MG Motor India, which recently launched the updated 2021 ZS EV, is now planning to bring in an electric vehicle, which will have a range of up to 500 km. Speaking to carandbike, Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India, said that the company is looking to source a bigger EV battery which can offer a range of up to 500 km. However, right now, there is no confirmation on whether the battery will be used in the ZS EV or a new product altogether, however, Gupta said that MG will decide that once they source the new battery.
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Now, the existing MG ZS EV has been attracting decent volumes and the Chinese-owned British carmaker has sold over 1300 units last year, which is certainly impressive. Given its success, in our opinion, the addition of the 500 km battery to the ZS EV line-up would certainly be a smarter move. Especially, considering the fact that, the company is already planning to bring in a new more affordable electric vehicle that would be priced in India under ₹ 20 lakh, and is expected to arrive by 2023.
In fact, Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India said, "If suppose your price point comes down below ₹ 20 lakh then you'll have a better market. Like the Tata Nexon is doing well. They are selling 300-400 units a month because their price point is about ₹ 15 - 16 lakh. So, you know if we can bring down the price point below that mark, I think we can sell more volumes and can spread the movement faster. That's the area, which is of interest to us, we're looking at that, which EV we can bring in but we're committed that we'll bring a new EV in the next two years."
As for the recently launched, 2021 MG ZS EV, it now comes with an updated 44.5 kWh HT (Hi-Tech) Lithium-Ion battery, which now offers more range than before. MG Motor India says that it was able to achieve a maximum range of 419 km on a single charge, and it is 79 km more than the previous model, which had a range of 340 km. Having said that, the carmaker has stated that depending on the driving conditions, customers can get a range of anywhere between 300 to 400 km on a single charge with the new ZS EV.