At the moment, Australian consumers are offered a range of electric vehicle options, however, the most affordable model – until now – is the Hyundai IONIQ Electric (from $48,970). There’s also the $60,740 Kona Electric, and the $49,990 Nissan LEAF.
The MZ ZS EV comes in from $40,990 (excluding on-roads), or $43,990 drive-away for a limited time. There was a special deal for the first 100 examples, priced from $46,990 drive-away. However, these customers will be happy to hear the reduced price applies to them as well.
It’s essentially the same practical SUV as the current petrol models. However, power comes from a 44.5kWh lithium-ion battery. This feeds an electric motor system for the front axle that can generate up to 105kW and 353Nm.
On a full charge the system offers a WLTP-rated range of 262km. That’s just short of the Nissan LEAF (270km, WLTP) and well short of the Kona Electric (449km, WLTP). Recharging takes 7 hours using a 7kW charger, or users can achieve 80 per cent charge in 40 minutes with a 50kW rapid charger.
The same practicality and versatility applies to the ZS EV as the regular ZS. For example, the cabin showcases a comprehensive 8.0-inch touch-screen media interface, supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s also a rear-view camera, climate control, and a semi-digital instrument cluster.
MG is offering a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty for the EV, as opposed to the seven-year coverage applied to the petrol ZS. There’s also an eight-year/160,000km warranty for the battery pack.
PerformanceDrive is at the media launch event this week, with reviews under embargo until Thursday, November 12, 7pm (AEDT).