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MG Motor India on Wednesday announced its newest EV ‘Comet’ in India.

As per MG, the name derives inspiration from the iconic 1934 British airplane which participated in the England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race.

Comet has a starting price of Rs. 7.89 lakh (ex-showroom). This is an introductory price and detailed variant-wise prices will be announced later. The car will be manufactured at MG’s Halol plant in Gujarat.

As per a Car and Bike report, the Comet EV comes with a 17.3 Kwh Lithium-ion battery pack, producing 41.42 bhp and 110 Nm of torque. The estimated charging time from 0 to 100 percent is 7 hours. The claimed range figures for the car are 230 km.

As far as the hardware of the EV is concerned, the car features disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The car's suspension setup includes McPherson struts at the front and multi-link coil suspension at the rear. It is built on the new Global Smart Vehicle Electric platform (GSEV) from MG.

According to Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India, “Urban mobility is at a point of inflection where New Age solutions are needed to address both the current as well the forthcoming challenges. As we move further into the digital age, we will witness an exceedingly large number of innovations that could range from futuristic technologies to unique designs to clean mobility and many others. We at MG, through ‘Comet’, intend to take the needed decisive steps and a 'leap of faith' in the direction of creating solutions for a better future for each one of us.”

While the car was launched with much fanfare in the Country, it has also raised some eyebrows over its price and its cost-effectiveness in the long run.

Automobile expert Sirish Chandran said, “Rs 7.98 lakh, that’s what the MG Comet EV starts at. For a perspective, the Tiago EV starts at Rs 8.69 lakh. And just for more perspective, an Alto K10 costs from Rs 3.99 to Rs 5.96 lakh. How long / how many km will you have to run to recover your initial investment?”