Chinese SAIC daughter MG, the self-appointed heir to Brittain’s iconic sports car brand, has launched into hydrogen, showing the Euniq 7 FCEV at Auto Expo 2023 in Dehli, India. The 5,2-meter long MPV offering seating for seven and a range of 605 km (NEDC) is said to be a demonstration vehicle, as no plans to commercialize it have been announced yet.
The drivetrain of the Euniq 7 uses SAIC’s third-generation fuel cell technology, known as PROME P390, supplied by subsidiary SHPT. It is also used by sister brand Maxus in its MIFA Hydrogen van, and the Maxus Euniq 7 launched in 2021.
The MIFA is already in series production. In October last year, the first batch of 80 models was put into service in Shanghai for SAIC’s Xiangdao travel platform – a kind of Uber alternative.
Coming to Europe?
Maxus has been present in Belgium since 2019 and is distributed by Astara Western Europe, which also has MG (and Hyundai, among others) in its portfolio. In addition, it announced a battery-electric Maxus MIFA 9 MPV with a 595 km range (WLTP), targeted to arrive in 2023.
So it’s not unthinkable that either Maxus or MG have a hidden agenda to launch its hydrogen answer to Hyundai’s Nexo and the Toyota Mirai in Europe in the not-so-far future. It would be a desirable alternative for taxi companies offering a 600 km range after three minutes of refueling.
MG didn’t reveal any specifications of the Euniq 7 MPV yet, other than it has a 92kW (201 hp) output, compared to 130 kW of the Maxus Euniq 7 when launched. It is fed from a 6,4 kg hydrogen cylinder at 700 bar.
The MG Euniq 7 features a seven-seater layout in a 2+2+3 configuration with individual captain seats in the middle row, large sliding doors, a huge panoramic roof, and a 12,3-inch free-standing touchscreen infotainment system.
One of the first in China
SAIC was one of the first Chinese manufacturers to work on fuel cell technology and is already active with FCEVs since 2017. At that time, it launched the Maxus FCV80 wide-body passenger vehicle in China.
It was followed by the Maxus Euniq 7 in September 2020, advertised as the world’s first high-end fuel cell MPV. In China, it’s offered in a price range after subsidies from 299 800 yuan (€41 721) to 399 800 yuan (€54 845). At the same time, in 2020, SAIC announced its intentions to roll out ten FCEV models by 2025 and sell up to 10 000 of them annually.
The fuel cells are delivered by Shanghai Hydrogen Propulsion Technology (SHPT), SAIC’s subsidiary for fuel cell stacks and systems with more than 1 000 employees. These systems are used for passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses.