The All-Electric MG ZS EV SUV: The Complete Guide

Price: £28,595
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 44.5 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 163 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g


MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor), is a UK headquartered British automotive manufacturer, now owned by the Chinese automotive company, SAIC Motor. SAIC is owned by the Chinese government and headquartered in Shanghai. MG was owned by MG Rover up to 2005, before the collapse of the company. Despite the change in ownership, MG cars continue to be manufactured at the historic Longbridge plant in the UK.

The automotive company currently has the following battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale:

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The All-Electric MG ZS EV SUV

The pure electric MG ZS EV was unveiled in 2016 at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The e-SUV was launched in 2017 in China. The MG ZS EV is a practical and affordable electric vehicle (EV), appropriate for families keen to migrate to zero-emission electric driving, but at prices that are affordable. The MG ZS EV is priced below £35,000 and therefore eligible for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG).

The e-SUV is practical and versatile without compromising on comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. Also decent boot space. The electric vehicle (EV) has a decent range (over 160 miles WLTP on a full charge), more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, grocery shopping and a lot more! The BEV is available in only one EV battery size (44.5 kWh). The SUV is equipped with a decent infotainment system and other driver aids. A perfect step into electric driving: affordable and practical.

An affordable compact family electric SUVNot fitted with a heat pump, which increases energy use efficiency
Ample headroom and legroom at the rearDC charging only up to 50 KW
Decent driveInterior quality can be improved


The All-Electric MG ZS EV SUV (credit: MG)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Available In UK:Yes

£ Variants (2 Options)
Excite (from £28,595)
Exclusive (from £31,095)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 44.5 kWh
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:7 years or 80,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1620 – 1644
Width (mm):1809
Length (mm):4314
Wheelbase (mm):2579
Boot Space:470 L

MG ZS EV Excite
EV Battery Capacity:44.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):163 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):12.8
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging (0-80%: 40 mins). On board charger: 7 kW AC
Top Speed:87 mph
0-60 mph:8.2 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):105
Horsepower (PS):143
Torque (Nm):353
Kerb Weight (kg):1,502

MG ZS EV Exclusive
EV Battery Capacity:44.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):163 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):12.8
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging (0-80%: 40 mins). On board charger: 7kW AC
Top Speed:87 mph
0-60 mph:8.2 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):105
Horsepower (PS):143
Torque (Nm):353
Kerb Weight (kg):1,539

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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