Updated: Apr 4, 2021
British car maker MG Motors recently announced that it sold a total of 4329 cars in India in Feb ’21. These numbers are impressive as this accounts for a whopping 215% y-o-y growth. The automaker also explained that it has recorded its highest-ever production, bookings and sales figures all thanks to the great response received to its ZS EV, Hector & Gloster cars. The company expects this positive momentum to continue, and they are betting heavily on the EV trend in India.
To understand what makes the company so confident about its growth in the electric SUV segment, let’s have a quick look at some of the features of the new ZS EV. At 4314m (L) x 1809m (W) x 1620m(H) the ZS is undoubtedly the largest car in the electric SUV segment in India. At present the ZS is offered in 3 colors, ‘Ferris White’, ‘Copenhagen Blue’ and ‘Currant Red’ and comes in 2 variants MS ZS Excite (INR 20.99 Lacs ex-showroom) and MG ZS Exclusive (INR 24.18 Lacs ex-showroom). The MG ZS’s feature list is long and is enhanced by the offering of a panoramic sunroof and 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system. It gets a push button start, key-less entry system, 6 ways power adjustable driver seat, PM 2.5 air filter, rain sensing wipers, fold-able ORVM’s and auto headlamps. The infotainment system boasts of superior connected car features (i-Smart EV 2.0) and seamless integrates Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
The ZS is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that drives the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox and also equipped with a 3 level Kinetic Energy Recovery System(KERS), which improves the range as kinetic energy of deceleration is used to top up its batteries. Talking about battery – the heart of any electric car – the MG ZS boasts of a sizable 44.5kWh battery pack and estimates a range of 419 km in a single full charge.
With such a feature laden car, the MG ZS EV is all poised to become a segment leader and is expected to give not just electric SUV’s a run for their money, but also conventional 5 seater SUV’s. Growth however comes with its set of challenges. The toughest being the driving range and ease of recharging which the automaker duly recognizes. Along with the car, MG motors provide a portable charging cable that fits into any 15A socket and is capable of charging the battery 100% in 16 to 18 hours. Additionally, MG motors also promises to install one AC charger at your home/office location which can charge the battery 100% in 6-8 hours. A peculiarity of EVs, though, is that they deliver their best range in city driving and not on steady speed highway cruises. Therefore, in order to facilitate long distance highway travel, DC fast chargers are the most suitable option as these juice up the battery in less than 2 hours. While all EV manufacturers (including MG motors, which provides DC fast chargers at their dealerships) are working on this front to build a robust charging infrastructure, this is an area where significant efforts will be required.
This is where Xobolt is bringing in the necessary buzz. Our aim is to become the backbone of EVs in India by providing great services for charging electric vehicles. We intend to provide an easy solution for one of the important concerns with EVs by providing the best services for charging your electric car, so you don’t have to worry about finding places for charging. Our Charging Management System is formulated keeping in mind the need of every car. Once you get our mobile app, you can access our chargers at your convenience. We provide flexible services as our charging stations are available at public spaces like malls, offices, restaurants, etc. as well as on several locations along highways. You can even get one installed at your residence. If you install our electric vehicle charging station at your car parking spot, you will be able to give your electric vehicle a full charge without any hassle. Safety as well as convenience are important when it comes to charging and Xobolt guarantees both.
India has already rolled out the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) which provides the vision and roadmap for faster adoption of EV’s. On the lines of NEMMP, several state governments like Delhi and Maharashtra have already launched their EV policies which aim to drive rapid adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV’s) so that they amount to as much as 25% of new vehicle registrations by 2025. With superb electric vehicles like MG ZS EV supported by a superior charging network from Xobolt, we clearly envision a seismic shift in the way mobility is perceived. Clearly, the future is electric.