Ahead of the launch of the ZS EV, MG Motor has tied up with Umicore for recycling end-of-life battery packs.
As you might already know by now, MG Motor will soon launch its fully-electric ZS EV in the Indian market. Now in its bid to win the confidence of its future customers as well as to create a 'safe and sustainable environment' for the product, MG has partnered up with Umicore – a company that apparently has expertise in end-to-end battery life cycle management – to recycle the batteries of its electric vehicles.
According to MG, 'Umicore is one of few companies that offer a complete recycling journey for Li-ion batteries to maintain ecological footprint.' At the moment, it might come as a surprise to see MG Motor already talking about the disposal of EV batteries, since a battery pack of an electric car usually lasts for about 8 years. However, the company insists that this has been done to address concerns from prospective buyers and to show commitment towards facilitating EV adoption and catalysing ‘India’s nascent EV revolution.’
Commenting on the development, Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India, said, “Over the past few months, we have worked towards creating the right ecosystem for our customers ahead of the launch of the ZS EV, including charging infrastructure. Our association with Umicore focuses on exploring end-of-life applications for used EV battery packs, for environment-friendly battery disposal.”
As for the launch of the ZS EV, MG Motor will be unveiling the car to the public in India from December 5, 2019. Expect it go on sale early next year. When launched, the MG ZS EV is expected to be priced at around Rs 20 lakh – Rs 22 lakh, and will compete with the Hyundai Kona Electric.