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MG ZS EV Preview as Brand Readies Its First Electric Car

New MG ZS EV purpose, features, and strengths as the manufacturer prepares to launch its first electric car

By Stephen Turvil
May 23, 2019
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Benefits of electric vehicle

The MG ZS EV is a new, fully electric, sports-utility vehicle that launches Autumn 2019 in the UK and is the manufacturer’s first foray into electric propulsion. Its purpose is to be a family workhorse for those that want value for money, low running costs, and plenty of equipment. The benefits of this electric car include:

  • Eliminates any need to spend money on petrol or diesel
  • Cannot pollute the planet at the point of use
  • Can be taxed for free as it is zero emission
  • Is exempt from London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone charge

MG ZS EV technical details are sketchy but the manufacturer has revealed a few facts. It is fuelled by a 44.5kWh water cooled battery, for instance. This can be charged from 0-80% in only 43 minutes via a rapid public charger. In contrast, a 7kW domestic charger takes 6 and a half hours to charge the battery from 0-100%.

Key information yet to be revealed includes how far the vehicle travels per charge. However, rumours suggest up to 170 miles is a reasonable estimate. Expect confirmation in the third quarter of 2019. Furthermore, the car’s motor likely produces about 148bhp.

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Advanced driver assistance systems

The MG ZS EV incorporates a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems. Expect automatic low speed steering, for starters. Likely applications include keeping the vehicle in its lane if there is a long, slow, traffic jam on the dual carriageway.

The vehicle also has adaptive cruise control that regulates the throttle to maintain a safe distance to the traffic ahead; automatic braking that reacts if you fail to respond to a hazard; and blind spot monitor that confirms a car approaching from the rear is concealed by part of your bodywork. Further traits include:

  • Tall, curvaceous, bodywork and a prominent grille
  • Around 4.3 metres long by 1.8 metres wide
  • Panoramic roof that makes the cabin feel spacious
  • Satellite navigation, key-less entry and digital radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that integrates with phones
  • 7 year/80,000 mile manufacturer warranty

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MG discusses its first electric vehicle

MG Motor UK Head of Sales & Marketing, Daniel Gregorious, explained: ‘The MG ZS EV represents the start of MG’s long term brand and product expansion plan. It adds a new dimension to the car market by offering high-tech, zero emission, transport to a broader cross section of buyers.’ Early interest has been very encouraging as there have been hundreds of enquiries, he concluded.

By Stephen Turvil
May 23, 2019
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