Most car brands are now embracing electrification and MG is no different. Since the brand’s reintroduction to Britain in 2011 under Chinese ownership, MG now offers a range of cars including two fully electric models, the MG5 EV and MG ZS EV.
The recently launched MG5 EV is an all-electric estate designed for maximum practicality. This MG electric car can boast being the first production EV estate, offering a very competitive maximum boot space of 1,456 litres with the rear seats folded down and 578 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place.
Not only does the MG5 EV offer attractive styling and practicality, but the 5 EV also offers good value for money, starting at only £24,995 following the £3,000 Government grant, making it the cheapest C-segment electric car on sale today. The 5 EV features a 52.2 kWh battery and can do 214 miles on a single charge based on WLTP figures. MG also claims that the 5 EV can recharge from zero to 80% in 50 minutes using a rapid charger.
The MG5 EV is offered in two trim levels, the Excite and Exclusive, with the latter costing a premium of £2,000 over the former. The Exclusive includes satellite navigation, heated leather seats, rain-sensing wipers and smart keyless entry. The cheaper Excite model still includes parking sensors, keyless entry and cruise control as standard. All cars will also come with an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as standard.
MG has expressed a particular desire for the 5 EV to be used by businesses as fleet vehicles and offers a Benefit-in-Kind tax. This tax works out at 0% for 2020/21 tax year, 1% in 2021/22 and 2% in 2022/23, making the potential savings significant compared to similar ICE vehicles, also factoring in lower running costs of an electric car. The MG5 EV will be able to be ordered from October 2020.
MG ZS EV
The other all-electric car offered by MG is the ZS EV crossover launched in 2019. The ZS EV starts at £25,495 with the £3,000 Government grant and has a range of 163 miles according to WLTP figures. With this, the ZS EV can boast being the best value option for a pure electric vehicle according to MG, who call it the ‘first truly affordable family-friendly electric car.’ The ZS EV also offers 448-litre boot capacity thanks in part to the batteries being located underneath the car, again showing how practical this MG electric car can be as a family vehicle.
The MG ZS EV produces 141 bhp and 353Nm of torque courtesy of a water-cooled 44.5 kWh battery. According to MG, the batteries are capable of recharging from zero to 80% in 43 minutes using a 7Kwh rapid charger. The ZS EV is capable of accelerating to 60mph from 0 in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 87mph, more than enough for everyday driving.
The range-topping Exclusive model costs from £27,995 and includes several features not see on the Excite model as standard. This includes heated leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and a six-speaker sound system. All versions of the MG ZS EV come with MG Pilot, a system that offers drivers’ assistance with blindspot monitoring, advanced emergency braking, lane assistance and adaptive cruise control, offering peace of mind for occupants.
Add into the equation that all new MGs come with a remarkable 7-year warranty and these electric cars become an even more attractive proposition in the bid to go electric. MG has estimated that by 2021, half of all sales will come from the MG5 EV, MG ZA EV and MG HS plug-in hybrid, making over 50% of sales in some way electrified.
Interested in how MG build the batteries for their EV range? Take a look at the video below.