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Watch: Gaurav Gupta on MG Motor India’s EV push

27 Feb, 2020

Automaker MG Motor India recently launched its sports utility vehicle Marvel X, which it calls the world’s first mass-production model to achieve level-3 intelligent driving.

At the Auto Expo 2020, the company also introduced over a dozen internet, electric and autonomous cars across hatchback, sedans, and utility vehicle segments.

Gaurav Gupta, COO (chief operating officer) at MG Motor India says it needs to develop an EV ecosystem before it sells cars. 

"It is not about sales at the moment, but to develop the ecosystem,” Gupta told TechCircle in an interview on the sidelines of the Auto Expo in Noida early this month. 

MG Motor India, the Indian subsidiary of the Chinese automaker SAIC Motors, has already partnered with several firms for battery recycling, charging and other services for EV solutions.

Gupta also believes emerging technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things are going to be game changers in the EV market in coming years.

"We are focused on customer satisfaction, which is our primary responsibility. We reached 200 centres, this year planning to reach 300 centres across India,” he said.

Gupta has over 20 years of industry experience. He was the CEO of Bridgestone Tire Indonesia before joining MG Motors. He has previously worked with General Motors, Sony and Deloitte. 

The recent Auto Expo 2020 had some exciting announcements for automotive enthusiasts, with carmakers showcasing the use of IoT, big data and deep tech involved in the new electric vehicle launches.

MG Motor India’s Marvel X, for example, comes with integrated internet, electric, and autonomous capabilities. Its AR (augmented reality) maps make navigation precise and visual, allowing the vehicle to autonomously find a parking bay and park itself.

Global EV sales are projected to grow to touch 24.6 million units by 2026, representing a compounded annual growth rate of 32% from the 2.5 million units sold in 2018, according to a study by Fortune Business Insights. 

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