Should I Buy The MG All-Electric SUV: the MG ZS EV

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Another Affordable All-Electric Car Enters The Fast Growing EV Market

It is now a regular occurrence.  A newsflash from another mainstream automotive manufacturer, announcing the introduction of an EV to the rapidly evolving electric vehicle market.  Last month, another British automotive manufacturer MG (‘reborn’ under Chinese ownership), unveiled the price and specs for its first all-electric crossover model, the MG ZS EV.  

The all-electric SUV has been priced to appeal to aspiring EV buyers with smaller budgets. The ZS EV is priced at £21,495 to include the UK government PiCG grant and an OEM ‘grant match’.  A total saving of £7,000 from the base price of £28,495.  MG is keen to position the battery electric vehicle (BEV) as the ‘best value electric car’, and with the ‘double grant’, it is hard to argue otherwise.  The MG grant match is only available for the first  2,000 orders, so be quick to reserve the EV on their website.  

Of course, the MG EV is not a Tesla Model X, nor a Jaguar I-PACE, in terms of design and styling, but that is the point.  MG is keen to position the all-electric SUV as an ‘entry level’ stepping stone from internal combustion engine (ICE) drivers to zero-emission electric driving.  It will stand alongside the likes of the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona EV.   

The MG ZS EV is not a new design.  The MG ZS petrol crossover has been around for a while, and the EV has used the ZS platform without compromise.   

The MG All-Electric SUV (credit: MG)

Technical & Specification: Overview

  • 0-60 mph: 8.5 sec
  • Max speed: 87 mph
  • Battery capacity: 44.5 kWh (lithium-ion)
  • Maximum power: 143 (PS)
  • WLTP range (combined): 163 miles 
  • Battery warranty: 7 years/ 80,000 miles 
MG ZS EV charging
MG ZS SUV EV Charging (credit: MG)

The electric vehicle also comes with rapid charging capability and can charge from 0-80% in 40 minutes from a 50 kW chargepoint. At home, the EV can charge within 7 hours on a 7kW home chargepoint.  So, easy to charge overnight while you are fast asleep.  

For And Against

  • Entry level and accessible price entry for an all-electric crossover
  • Respectable driving range to meet the needs of most everyday commutes 
  • Interiors not as ‘posh’ as some of its competitors
  • Not an inspiring drive or design  

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For those keen to familiarise themselves with the world of all-electric zero-emission driving, without mortgaging the house, the MG ZS EV is an option worth considering seriously.  The crossover SUV will be well suited for the following:

  • School runs 
  • Grocery shopping and visits to the local high street 
  • Work commuting 
  • Weekend short trips  

The hugely competitive price for the first 2,000 bookings is compelling. You can always upgrade to a Jaguar I-PACE or a Telsa Model X, once you have gained ‘real world’ experience of driving a battery electric vehicle (BEV).   It is also a real alternative to the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.   

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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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