The British automobile manufacturer MG Motor UK announced that they will supply up to 100 of their fully-electric small SUVs to health agencies across the UK. Another MG ZS EV found its way into a taxi fleet in the North Fife area.
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MG will provide the electric vehicles to support the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) via its dealer network with availability for up to six months. The EVs will be provided completely free of charge, in a bid to support the national effort to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. The electric SUV was initially launched last summer, and has since found popularity abroad as MG Motors expands into India’s EV market.
Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales & Marketing at MG Motor UK, announced the initiative with words of praise to healthcare workers: “By providing 100 electric cars to our NHS heroes, we hope that we will help to keep healthcare moving so that as many people as possible can receive the support they need. It’s also our way of saying thank you to those selfless people who work so hard to keep us all safe.”
At the same time, Tayport Taxis, a Scottish taxi operator based around the North Fife area, recently deployed their first fully electric addition to the fleet: an MG ZS EV. Whether the taxi company will expand its electric fleet is likely going to be decided by economic and political factors, meaning it all depends on savings be it through fuel cost or subsidies. “This is the first electric vehicle that we have gone with, and I hope to run with more in the future,” explained David Bayne of Tayport Taxis.
Update 26 January 2020: Almost a year on and the crisis has not seized. MG is also building on the efforts above and now offers a further 100 cars through its 120-strong dealer network. The MG ZS EV will be given to “local good causes” that are supporting their communities during the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced.
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