MG Motor India And Exicom Tie Up To Reuse Old Batteries Of The ZS EV
The old batteries will be evaluated, disassembled and reused for non-automotive applications once their lifecycle end
MG Motor India is readying itself to unveil the ZS EV on December 5. It will be the brand’s first EV for the Indian market and the second product overall after the Hector.
The British carmaker has now partnered with Exicom Tele-Systems in order to reuse the batteries of the upcoming ZS EV.
Once the battery packs reach the end of their lifecycle, they will be recycled so as to be reused for non-automotive applications like home inverters, commercial and industrial UPS, and renewable energy storage.
Reusing old batteries can reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources.
Meanwhile, MG Motor dealers have started accepting unofficial pre-launch bookings for the ZS EV.
It is powered by an electric motor that puts out 150PS/350Nm. The 44.5kWh battery pack should give it a range of over 400km.
The ZS EV is expected to be priced between Rs 22 lakh and Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom) and will rival the Hyundai Kona Electric once it is launched in January 2020.
Here is the full press release from the carmaker:
New Delhi, Nov. 26: Reaffirming its commitment towards providing a hassle-free ownership experience for EV customers, MG (Morris Garages) Motor India has partnered with Exicom Tele-Systems for second-life use of ZS EV batteries. Under the partnership, Exicom plans to re-deploy MG ZS EV batteries at the end of their useful life with the car and put them through a controlled process of evaluation, disassembly, and repackaging to design custom battery packs for non-automotive applications.
MG’s partnership with Exicom is aimed at dispelling reservations around the disposal of used EV batteries. The ZS EV’s battery packs, at the end of their useful life, would be used in automotive applications and will be recycled instead of being sent to landfill sites. The re-use of used EV battery packs will also reduce the dependence on the limited resources available around the globe. These battery packs will be used in a host of non-automotive applications such as home inverters, commercial & industrial UPS, and renewable energy storage.
Speaking on the tie-up, Rajeev Chaba, President & MD, 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 and busting common myths around EVs. Another question which people have is ‘What happens to the EV battery after the product lifecycle ends. Our latest partnership focuses on second-life applications for used EV battery packs, to ensure environment-friendly battery disposal will only serve to bolster the country’s progress towards this critical objective.”
Anant Nahata, MD, Exicom Tele-Systems – Exicom, added, “We are extremely delighted to associate with MG which is focused on harnessing the EV ecosystem in India. Making electric mobility mainstream is one of the biggest challenges and opportunities we face. E-mobility also represents an important opportunity to overhaul our energy infrastructure and make necessary investments in renewables and new grid technologies.”
The association, which comes ahead of the imminent launch of MG ZS EV in India, marks yet another initiative taken by the marquee carmaker to facilitate EV adoption and catalyse India’s EV revolution. MG Motor India has also launched #ChangeWhatYouCan, a global campaign featuring Benedict Cumberbatch that raises awareness about the critical need to shift towards green mobility.