Electric Range

  • EV’s (Electric Vehicle) have seen a huge increase in demand as more and more people make the switch from petrol and diesel vehicles to either 100% electric or PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle). A few years ago EV & PHEV choices where limited, times have now changed there are now choices to suit everyone! The MG range is now 50% EV & PHEV which gives means whether it’s EV or PHEV, we’re confident we can find the car to suit you.

    We fully appreciate going electric can be scary and there are a lot of things to consider that you might not have necessarily considered before, so we have created this page to give you an insight into the world of electric vehicles.

    Why Go Electric?

    Low Running Costs

    With all sales of new petrol and diesel cars being banned from 2030, the future of driving is most certainly electric. Many people are choosing to the make the switch now, and are finding themselves pleasantly surprised by the cost of running an electric car. Because while some electric models may have slightly higher starting prices than petrol cars, there are certainly financial benefits further down the line. 

    One of the main ways that going electric could save you money is in re-fuelling costs. Today’s drivers are used to paying a minimum of around £40 to fill up even the smallest, most economical petrol cars – and fluctuations in the price of oil mean this cost can often be significantly higher. Charging an electric car, however, costs just a fraction of the price.

    The Environmental Benefits

    Electric cars produce zero exhaust emissions, which means they do not emit any harmful exhaust gases into the air. This can benefit the environment as exhaust gases can contribute negatively to a number of health conditions and also impacts on climate change.

    Aside from the obvious benefit of no emissions, electric cars are also more energy efficient than regular vehicles, which means they use their energy in a more productive way and require less energy to get you to your destination.

    Better Performance

    Many assume that the power of an electric vehicle is less than that of a petrol or diesel model, but in many cases this is untrue. Often, electric vehicles perform better than combustion engines in terms of power, torque and acceleration. They can also be found to handle better, as electric vehicles have a lower centre of gravity due to the heavy batteries mounted in the chassis.

    Electric cars are also designed to be as efficient as possible, with less moving parts to the vehicle.
    There are generally three main components; the on-board charger, inverter and motor. This means there is reduced wear and tear and less stress on the motor, with fewer parts susceptible to damage.

    Charging Points

    There are several things that can affect the price of charging an electric car, such as whether you’re charging at home or in public, and how strong your electricity is. As a general guide, an overnight charge at home is the cheapest way to ‘re-fuel’, with it costing approximately £6.23 to charge the MG ZS electric from empty. With a range of over 160 miles, this works out at just 3.8 pence per mile!

    There is an upfront cost for at-home charging, as you will need to pay between £800 - £1000 for a charging unit. However, the government grant for buying an electric vehicle can offset some of this, meaning you pay less.

    Charging at public units can be more expensive on an hourly basis, but this is typically because they have a much higher voltage and therefore can charge more quickly. Prices here can range from £1.50 for an hour’s charge to around £6 for 30 minutes using a rapid charger. However, when you consider that this could give you enough power to drive over 100 miles, you quickly realise how much lower the cost of running an electric car on a monthly basis could be.

    The MG Electric Range

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