The electric cars ecosystem in India is expanding. After Tata Tigor EV, Hyundai Kona Electric and Mahindra e-Verito, now British automaker Morris Garage has got its MG ZS EV electric car lined up for India market. Already available in UK and some other markets, the new car will be officially unveiled in India on 5 December.
While the EV capabilities will get the ZS EV a lot of attention, it has a lot going for it like the connectivity features that will be completely built into the car and will not require a smartphone to connect to internet.
However, ZS EV’s connected car experience is not going to be exactly the same as Hector. With the new iSmart RV2.0, users will get some extras that will be unique to it. For instance, it has a new look screen with a horizontally-aligned interface. While for primary connectivity needs the car has an embedded M2M (Machine to Machine) eSIM that supports IPV6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) and is also 5G ready for future proofing, with iSmart RV2.0 users get the option to connect to a WiFi network or hotspot for better internet connectivity. Due to regulatory issues, the car’s eSIM can’t be used to create a hotspot in India, though.
The new edition of the iSmart platform also offers some features specific to the car’s electric functionality. It will provide real time insights on the charging status of the car and the range the car can cover on a single charge. If the battery drops under 30%, it will alert users instantly. The car will also allow the more environmentally conscious users keep tab on the CO2 emission saved while driving the car. The 360 Spider feature, embedded in TomTom’s navigation solution, will help users find the closest charging stations when the car’s remaining range is under 50 km. This will come in handy for users with electric cars like ZS EV, as unlike traditional petrol and diesel stations, electric charging ecosystem is still a work in progress with a much smaller footprint.
MG will set up charging station in collaboration with its dealers in all the five cities where the new car will be available. Some of the station will also offer the option of fast charging.
With the Government planning to set up over 1000 electric chargers across the country on key routes and cities, the EV ecosystem is likely to expand.
The AI (artificial intelligence) enabled voice assistant now understands up to 100 voice commands and can be used to make calls, send text message, play music on Gaana, open car’s sunroof and find the nearest station. Users can’t play videos on the screen if the car is moving.