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MG invited Zap_map to London for the launch of its new ZS EV – a car that has the potential to be both hugely important and a very popular model for the firm. Packing a 44.5 kWh battery, 105 kW electric motor, and WLTP range of 163 miles on a single charge, the ZS EV has all the core attributes to become a challenger in the mass-market EV sector.
What was somewhat unusual for a car launch was that the route was limited to central London. This gave us no possibility to really test the range out, but was just enough to gauge how the ZS EV would perform in normal driving. MG adds an urban driving range to its quotes as to how far the ZS EV will go, with more than 230 miles possible according to the city cycle on the WLTP protocol.
With every other EV we’ve tested, WLTP statistics have always seemed achievable in normal driving conditions, and the average user will see an average of within 5-10% of that number in day-to-day driving without any particular effort at efficient driving.
We started the route with 160 miles showing on the trip computer, and after half a dozen miles of stop-start traffic, had only lost three off that score. Considerably over 200 miles of city driving range seems a perfectly reasonable expectation then, though perhaps our energy efficiency rating should be disregarded until a further distance had been travelled. It was displayed at 19.3 miles/kWh – or more than 850 miles on a charge by that reckoning. We’ll wait to see how those figures settle down over a much further distance in the future and stick with the statement that the MG ZS EV is a comfortable 160+ mile electric car.