MG Motor, a British Automotive company now owned by the Chinese company SAIC Has announced that it plans to partner with Belgian material technology company Umicore to recycle the lithium-ion batteries that will be used in its electric cars. They had also earlier partnered with exicom for effective re-usage of lithium batteries to be used in its electric vehicles.
MG Motor will launch the car on Dec 5th in India and plans to price it at around 25 lakh rupees ($34,840). They currently plan sales of only 2000 to 3000 per year as there isn’t enough infrastructure for electric vehicles at the moment as the country only has around 200 charging stations but the government proposes to eventually set up around 5000 charging stations. The car features a 44.5 kWh battery with a claimed range of around 350 KM, although the NEDC rated range is around 335 km and you could probably expect a real world range of around 300 km and 0 to 60 acceleration of 8.5 seconds and a max speed of 87 mph. The motor produces a max power of 105 KW and a max torque of 260 lb ft. The estimated charge time for the 7kW charger is 6.5 hours for a full charge and for the 50kW charger is 40 minutes for 0 to 80%.
The car has three driving modes, three regenerative braking modes,a 4 speaker system for Excite, 6 speaker system for the exclusive version, an 8 inch touchscreen, android auto, car play, heated front seats for the exclusive, 17 inch alloy wheels, side and dual airbags in the front and tyre pressure monitoring system