By Renewable Energy Magazine
The new version of MG Motors popular MG5 electric vehicle (EV) delivers a 250-mile range, utilising a 61.1kWh battery, and an 80 percent charge in just 61 minutes on a 50kW rapid charger or 40 minutes on a 100kW rapid charger.Courtesy of MG Motors.
A 100 percent overnight fast charge takes approximately 9.5 hours on a domestic home charger supply.
The new model joins the current MG5 EV model range, which made its debut in October 2020 as Europe’s first EV estate car. The new longer range model will continue to be sold for the time-being alongside the standard car, which has an electric range of 214 miles.
The MG5 EV, alongside MG ZS EV and the MG HS Plug-in Hybrid, which already account for a third of MG’s total sales, has helped to make the brand the fourth most popular EV brand in the UK with its EV model split over four times the average in the current car market.
The new MG5 EV Long Range comes with a 7 year/80,000-mile fully transferable warranty as standard. It is powered by a 115 kW electric motor (equivalent to 156PS), giving acceleration of 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds, and developing 260Nm of torque.
The vehicles 61.1 kWh lithium-Ion battery pack can be charged up to 80 percent in just 40 minutes using a 100 kW rapid charger, while the longer range MG5 EV has a WLTP approved combined range of 250 miles in normal day-to-day use. This rises to 334 miles if the car is used solely for urban driving, as confirmed by the WLTP City driving cycle.
Also new on the long range model is the addition of MG’s MG Pilot Driver Assistance System. MG Pilot is a comprehensive suite of driver assist technologies that complements the driver and gives added confidence on the road.
MG ZS EV was the first MG model to feature MG Pilot, with both the Excite and Exclusive versions including the technology as standard. MG Pilot offers a selection of warning and alert features to assist the driver, including Active Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Jam Assist, Intelligent High Beam Assist and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist.
Prices for the longer range MG5 EV start from £26,495 after the Plug-In Car Grant (currently £2,500) and business users benefit from 1 percent Benefit-in-Kind tax (2021/22 tax year).
“With MG5 EV we’ve already proven that there’s huge demand for a sensibly priced all-electric station wagon and it has proven hugely popular with fleet and retail customers alike since its debut in autumn 2020” said David Pugh, MG Motor Marketing Director. “With the new longer-range model we’re offering MG customers even greater value and flexibility form their EVs. With a full charge given a WLTP-approved range of 250 miles and the ability to be rapid charged to 80 percent in as little as 40 minutes, the MG5 EV is a car that really can bring electric motoring to the masses, and it has played a big part in MG’s rapid charge ahead as one of the leaders in the UK EV market.”
The MG5 has sold over 100,000 vehicles in global markets since 2018, partly because of its innovative battery layout which allows it to have more of a conventional stance than many EVs. It sits much lower than most, with the water-cooled battery pack integrated into the car’s chassis, giving it an extremely low centre of gravity and excellent dynamics as well as a sleek, low-slung and aerodynamic appearance.
It was designed from the outset to appeal to buyers in global markets, so it sports a classical silhouette – a smart, low-roofed tourer with a distinctive “kick” towards the rear of its swage line. It’s a handsome car from every angle, but the rear three-quarter view is particularly pleasing, with a lean and low appearance that proves how being battery-powered doesn’t have to affect practicality.