Seeing Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the road is no longer a novelty; electric bikes, scooters, cars, even buses have become ubiquitous. Technological leaps in battery development and a dramatic lowering of costs, among several other factors, have set the stage for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Plug-in, you’re in for the ride of your life:
1. Spoilt for choice:
The last few years have seen a proliferation in brands making and selling EVs. India now has electric options across the range, from hatchbacks to luxury SUVs. Some of these EVs are highly suited to specific purposes, while others, like the MG ZS EV, are versatile. The MG ZS is a roomy SUV, perfect for the entire family, that boasts a range of more than 400km on a full charge.
2. Lower ownership costs:
EVs might seem slightly pricier while buying, but that nominal premium is offset when you consider their substantially lower ownership costs. The fuel cost of electricity, as opposed to fossil fuels, is lower on a per-kilometre basis, whereas the maintenance and servicing costs, on account of the presence of fewer moving parts, are lower too.
3. Better battery safety and performance:
Electric cars feature dense batteries that pack a lot of energy. In the early days of the electric car, this high-density concentration of power was perceived by many as a risk, and they weren’t entirely wrong. However, modern EVs feature robust, computer-controlled batteries that are built to meet lofty safety standards. The 44.5 kWh battery on the MG ZS, for instance, meets the UL2580 international standard for battery safety, whereas the vehicle itself has received a 5-star NCAP rating for crash safety.
4. Better range:
One of the biggest deterrents to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles was range anxiety. People were terrified that they would run out of charge mid-journey, and with poor charging infrastructure, be stranded. Today, charging technology has leapfrogged ahead, and while public charging infrastructure in India is still not the best, MG Motor has invested in its own charging infrastructure. Every MG ZS comes with an AC Fast Charger, provided and installed at your home or office free of cost. The AC Fast Charger can charge the ZS fully in 6 to 8 hours. Additionally, each ZS comes with a portable charger that can be plugged into any 15A socket. It takes longer to fully charge the car – 16-18 hours – but it gives you the flexibility of charging your car pretty much anywhere. MG’s vast network of dealerships across India has been equipped with DC Super Fast Chargers (they can deliver up to an 80% charge within 50 minutes) and AC Fast Chargers, all accessible 24×7. And in the worst-case scenario, MG provides 24×7 roadside assistance for mobile charging support.
5. Loaded to the brim:
Modern EVs are cutting edge pieces of technology, not mechanical workhorses. The MG ZS is equipped with state-of-the-art systems that monitor and control its high-density battery and manage its charge and discharge cycles. The ZS is, like all MG cars, a connected car, giving owners up-to-date information about its charge status, expected range, etc. It is compatible with the i-SMART app – gives owners remote control over the vehicle and can accept voice commands for controlling various functions and features.
If you were considering switching to an EV, there is no time like the present. With instant torque and zero emissions, EVs deliver a heady combination of performance and environmental consideration. They are comfortable, practical, and loaded to the brim with high-tech features. The MG ZS is everything an EV should be, and with a range of up to 419km on a single charge, it’s ready to take you wherever you need to go.