The MG EZS, which will be the company’s first-ever all-electric SUV in India, will be on sale only in cities that have well developed charging infrastructure
Recently, it was revealed that the MG EZS would launch in India around October this year. Now, as per a new report, it has come to light that the all-electric SUV will be sold only in select cities of the country. The EZS is the company’s all-electric SUV for the local market, which could pave the way for many future EVs from the Chinese-owned British car marque.
Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India, has recently told reporters in New Delhi that his company “will be launching the pure electric SUV in the fourth quarter (October- December) this year.” However, he has further added that the new model “will be launched in some select cities.”
The reason behind this is the limited availability of EV-supporting infrastructure in the country. Furthermore, the high cost of the MG EZS will keep buyers in most of the Tier-2 and Tier-3 tows away from putting their money on it. Therefore, the EZS will be sold in only about 20 cities. Even Mahindra and Tata have been selling their electric cars only in the select markets. Hyundai will introduce the Kona EV only in about 15 cities.
The MG EZS made its public debut at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show in November last year. Its electric powertrain gets its energy from a 45.6 kWh battery pack that can be charged completely in 6 hours through an AC charger. A DC faster charger can charge it to 80% of its total capacity in just 30 minutes.
The SUV is powered by a 110 kW electric motor that offers 350 Nm of peak torque. The MG EZS offers a driving range of 335 km in the NEDC cycle. In India, however, thanks to varying road and traffic conditions, the SUV will offer a range of little more than 250 km on a single charge.
The MG EZS will be imported to the country through the CBU route and is expected to cost nearly Rs 25 lakh. It will be pitted against the Hyundai Kona EV, which will also launch around the same time.