MG has finally begun the local assembly of the ZS EV at its plant in Lahore. This is a promising milestone for both the company and the industry as it provides insight into the possibility of assembling more electric vehicles (EVs) in Pakistan to other automakers.

MG has finally begun the local assembly of the ZS EV at its plant in Lahore. This is a promising milestone for both the company and the industry as it provides insight into the possibility of assembling more electric vehicles (EVs) in Pakistan to other automakers.

MG JW SEZ’s key stakeholder, Javed Afridi, tweeted a video of the MG ZS EV being assembled and rolled off of the assembly line in Pakistan with the caption “Made in Pakistan”. This makes the MG ZS EV the first mass-produced EV assembled in the country.

The ZS EV is MG’s sub-compact crossover electric SUV that debuted in the international market in 2018. It features a 44.5 kWh battery that powers an electric motor mounted over the front axle, which generates 140 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

MG revealed the price of the ZS EV and began its pre-bookings about two weeks ago. Its price has been set at Rs. 6.85 million, which is Rs. 2.75 million more than the price of its petrol-powered version.

Earlier, it was reported that MG has imported more than 400 ZS EVs in the CBU form for selling purposes, which raised questions about the delivery times of the vehicles. MG seems to have addressed this issue by kicking off the local assembly of its EVs in Pakistan.

Regardless, people still seem to be slightly on the fence about the price of the ZS EV as Rs. 6.85 million tends to be far out of the reach of a large chunk of car buyers in the country. This seems to be a huge obstacle in the popularity of the ZS EV, and it will be interesting to see how MG deals with it.

MG has also begun a test drive campaign for the ZS EV in the major cities of Pakistan. Although when the vehicle will go up for sale is still unknown, the official launch of the vehicle does not seem to be too far away.