MG Motor Says EVs Will Make Up Quarter of Sales in 2023, Evaluating Launch of MG4 Hatchback eHS Hybrid SUV

MG Motor India, owned by China’s SAIC Motor, expects electric vehicles (EV) to account for at least a quarter of its sales in India in 2023, the automaker said during the country’s biennial auto show on Wednesday. “At the end of this year, 25 to 30 percent of our sales will be all-electric,” Managing Director Rajeev Chaba said, adding that it is evaluating the launch of the MG4 electric hatchback and eHS plug-in hybrid SUV in India, which were unveiled at the event. MG Motor has just over a 1 percent share of India’s passenger vehicles market, where it sells the ZS EV SUV.

SAIC Motor has previously said that it has a wide portfolio of new energy vehicles (NEVs), which include electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars, which MG can choose from to sell in India.

MG Motor plans to raise funds to develop its Indian electric mobility business, Reuters reported in March, amid increased scrutiny of Chinese investments by New Delhi.

MG entered India in 2019 with plans to invest about $650 million (roughly Rs. 5,300 crore) but New Delhi has sought to limit investments from Beijing after a 2020 clash between soldiers from the two countries on their disputed Himalayan border.

Investment proposals worth millions of dollars from China, including from SAIC, are awaiting Indian government approval.

India’s tighter scrutiny led China’s Great Wall Motor to shelve plans to invest $1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,200 crore) and lay off all employees in the country, after New Delhi denied regulatory app