MG Motor mulling EV battery assembly plant in India

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As part of its plan to roll out the complete EV ecosystem, Morris Garages Motor (MG Motor) is mulling to set up a battery assembly plant in India in two years. The plant will produce batteries for use in the carmaker’s upcoming MG ZS EV as well as other models in the nation—according to news agency PTI.

PTI quoted MG Motor India President and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba as saying: “We are aiming to develop the entire ecosystem around electric cars in the country. We are tying up with partners for charging infrastructure, for battery lifecycle management.

“We are also open to setting up a battery assembly plant in India in two years. The plant will cater to the MG ZS EV as well as other products we look to introduce in the country,” he added.

As of now, while the MG ZS EVs will be produced in India, their batteries will be imported from SAIC CATL Power Battery System—a joint venture between MG Motor’s parent company SAIC Motor and battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (abbreviated as CATL) in China. On a single, full charge, the 44.5 KWh battery will allow the car to cover a distance of around 350 km.

To make EV transition smooth, MG Motor has already partnered with Delhi-based startup eChargeBays that will assist customers in setting up EV charging infrastructure at their home.

Further, the company has partnered with Finland-based clean energy major Fortum to install 50 KW DC fast-charging EV stations—built on Combined Charging System/CHArge de MOve (CCS/CHAdeMO) standard—for electric vehicles across MG’s showrooms in 5 cities including Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.