British car brand MG, owned by state-owned Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Co., introduced its first electric vehicle and plans to sell it in Europe as well as China.
The vehicle, a battery-powered version of the MG ZS subcompact crossover, made its debut at the Guangzhou auto show this month. It has a range of 335 kilometers under European standards.
Aside from China, the EV will go on sale in the European market, including the United Kingdom, sometime in the first half of 2019, SAIC said. It did not identify other European countries where it plans to market the vehicle.
The electric MG ZS will undergo road tests in several European countries including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Germany and France over the next two months, according to SAIC.
Aside from the gasoline-powered MG ZS, SAIC also produces and sells in China the MG3 hatchback, MG6 compact sedan, MG GT sport coupe, as well as two other crossovers ¨C the MG HS and MG GS.
It also distributes the locally produced MG ZS, the MG3, MG5 -- a compact sedan ¨C and the MG6 and MG GS in Thailand.
In the United Kingdom, the main export market for MG, SAIC sells the MG3, MG ZS and MG GS.
In April, MG launched China sales of its first alternative energy vehicle, the plug-in hybrid version of the MG6.
In the first nine months of the year, MG¡¯s global sales surged 89 percent to nearly 180,000, reflecting demand in China for the brand¡¯s expanding crossover lineup and the redesigned MG6, according to SAIC.