Somehow I am now convinced that going Electric is the only way forward
Have spent months just plain talking about the environment , pollution , possible reforms , BS6 fuels and BS6 cars through my many threads
Today I finally booked myself an MG ZS EV due to launch shortly
The booking amount is 50K and as you might be knowing booking closes on 17 January , MG plans to have an further discounted price for these 1000 early bookings
Word going around that launch is expected sometime around 18 Jan 20 and launch price could be around 24 L
The discount could be 3L + if you combine both 1.5L Govt subsidy and another 1.5L on financing related tax rebate that can be availed if you decide to go the financing way
The wall charger that I saw is labelled Delta , also on purchase of the vehicle MG installs this AC wall charger for its customers free of cost and the engineer would survey your location of installation and also decide on the length of connecting charger socket to be provided for you
Getting a test ride for these EVs is really tough , they are so minuscule in numbers that you need to have a trick up your sleeve
The trick I deviced was not to go in for online booking like I did for Kona but to ask them to take booking cheque from my home if they brought in the vehicle for test ride that very day
Called the Showroom around 11am on 13 January 2020 and expressed my interest in the vehicle , they took my details and arranged for a call back , I was told to book the vehicle today and as the vehicle was not available now , they will arrange a test ride when the vehicle will be available in a few days , I offered them to collect the booking amount if they gave me a test ride of the vehicle in the afternoon
In the meantime I kept constant touch with the sales representative and also sent him my location on WhatsApp well in advance so that they don't have an excuse for not showing up
I also asked for their NEFT details to speed up the booking process to keep them on a short hook
But as you would be aware , the addition of payees into your bank account is time bound and also bound by the transferred amount for the first day , few hours , so that was a fail as I would reveal further
All my smartness seemed to have fallen flat when I saw them arrive in a Hector , I was in shock but they instantly calmed me down and said that the EV is in the workshop charging , they have come to pick me up and take me to their showroom where they are arranging the charged EV to arrive by the time we reach the showroom
We reached the showroom and were given a car overview on a display vehicle parked inside the showroom , car looked ample in size was slightly bigger on height and more leg room in the back than the Kona
Also another major thing I found disturbing in the Kona was it's centre console that rises as it leaves from the seats area and meets the dashboard , this somehow makes you feel more cramped and personally I did not like it , here in the ZS the centre console falls down as it meets the dashboard that gives a more sense of space also the front grille is less on plastic feel.
ZS is more conventional in looks and these easily go down well on your eyes
The test vehicle arrived shortly , the test ride was in a limited area could not try it out on all road types but made full use of the three riding modes and these can be felt instantly
On switching between modes the surge in acceleration you get is easily noticible
Car relatively new even sales representative not aware of a few things
He could not find the switch to fold the HEATED OVRMS
What it misses out is Android Auto and Apple Carplay , 360 degree camera , ventilated seats , much smaller sized AVN
In the boot it did not have the charging cables , just a spare wheel tucked away. I remember Kona had two chargers In the boot. May be it's hiding somewhere else
The hood had ample storage space , it was that empty 😉
A brief form filling , followed by failed attempts to pay by bank transfer , also as usual additional fees on card payment at the dealership , boiled down to the usage of the trusted no additional cost tool , the good old cheque
Notibly online you pay nothing on Credit card usage as a payment method .
On the way back , I joked about them coming in a bigger car to pick me up when the car I planned to purchase is much smaller in size , a certain red flag at least on the test ride day.
They shared tentative dates of launch , expected price point ,estimated booking numbers of over 650 units till date
They want to sell as many EVs they can before the auto expo because they know things become difficult for them hence on
My biggest attractions was the 5* NCAP rating , you all must have seen how much these crash test rating mean to everyone now , I started a thread on crash test videos few years back.
The other unmimiscible feature is the massive panoramic moon roof , it covers 90% of the roof area and the fact it's an EV
Also having Green coloured Number Plate is high on my list now
Car available in two variants -
Exclusive and Excite
White Red and Blue
Blue is available only on the Exclusive variant
Also they say MGs Red is the hottest selling colour , the EV in the showroom I visited was red , the test ride vehicle was red , few more Hector parked were red , it was a sea of red.
I have booked the Exclusive Variant White in colour
Will add more soon
Kindly feel free to add your comments and point out shortcomings in the car to any potential new launch