The All-Electric MG ZS EV SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Electric MG ZS EV SUV Ireland
Price: From € 31,995
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 51.1 kWh/72.6 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 320 - 440 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric MG ZS EV SUV

MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor), is a UK headquartered British automotive manufacturer, now owned by the Chinese automotive company, SAIC Motor. SAIC is owned by the Chinese government and headquartered in Shanghai. MG was owned by MG Rover up to 2005, before the collapse of the company. Despite the change in ownership, MG cars continue to be manufactured at the historic Longbridge plant in the UK. The automotive company currently has the following battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale:

The pure electric MG ZS EV was unveiled in 2016 at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The e-SUV was launched in 2017 in China. Since its launch in the UK, the MG ZS EV has always had a decent proposition on offer, in particular, for those families seeking affordability and ‘value for money’ in a pure electric family car.

However, with the 2022 update of the electric vehicle (EV), the proposition has become even stronger for those families and company-car drivers seeking an affordable and practical electric car. As part of the 2022 update, MG updated both the size of the EV battery and introduced a second EV battery choice. The MG ZS EV is now available in two EV battery sizes: 51.1 kWh and 72.6 kWh (Long Range). Before the update the EV was only available in one battery size (44.5 kWh).

The choice of two EV battery sizes increases the potential customer base, as not every EV driver needs a large onboard EV battery and long electric range. Both battery sizes offer a useful and practical pure electric range. The 51.1 kWh has a range up to 320 km (WLTP), while the 72.6 kWh offers a range up to 440 km (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, both options remain useful! For the 51.1 kWh expect a real-world emission-free e-range closer to 290 km, while for the larger battery, 410 km will be more realistic.

The MG EV incorporates a single-phase (7 KW AC) onboard charger. More than adequate for EV home charging in the UK, given that the majority of homes have single-phase power supply. The 51.1 kWh EV can be fully charged in 8 hours using a dedicated residential EV charger like easee. The MG ZS EV Long Range can be full charged in 10 hours and 30 minutes.

We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight when the electricity prices are lower. We also recommend charging on a regular basis. This way charging times are reduced and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. MG offers a 7 years or 150,000 km warranty.

The MG ZS electric SUV also offers DC charging capability. Using a 100 kW DC rapid charger, the 51.1 kWh EV can be charged from 10%-80% in 36 minutes. The 72.6 kWh can be charged up to 80% in 42 minutes. Of course, a 50 kW DC charger will be slower: the 51.1 kWh can be charged up to 80% in 54 minutes, while the Long Range battery will take 63 minutes.

In terms of the exterior styling, the latest update has improved the appeal of the EV. However, neither the exterior or the interior is class-leading, but it gets the job done. MG offers a host of safety features (MG Pilot Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and technology, to include: active emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning system, traffic jam assist, intelligent speed limit assist, blind spot detection with lane change assist, 10.1″ colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 360o parking camera and more. The EV is practical for front and rear seat passengers. The available boot space is 470 L.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive MG ZS EV achieves 0-100 km/h in 8.0 seconds for the standard EV battery. The Long Range is a little slower and achieves 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds. The EV delivers a maximum power up to 176 PS (torque: 280 Nm). The top speed is 175 km/h.

An affordable compact family electric SUVDriving performance will not set the heart racing
Available in two EV battery sizesOnly available as front-wheel drive
Good electric rangeInterior quality can be improved


The All-Electric MG ZS EV SUV (credit: MG)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (4 Options)
Excite Standard Range (from € 31,995)
Excite Long Range (from € 34,495)
Exclusive Standard Range (from € 34,995)
Exclusive Long Range (from € 37,495)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 51.1/ 72,6 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging. Onboard charger: 7 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:7 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1625 – 1649
Width (mm):1809
Length (mm):4323
Wheelbase (mm):2581
Turning Circle (m):11.2
Boot Space (L):470

EV Battery Capacity:51.1 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):320 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.3
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 36 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 8 hrs)
Top Speed:175 km/h
0-100 km/h:8.0 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Maximum Power (PS):176
Torque (Nm):280
Kerb Weight (kg):1,570 – 1,610
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

 MG ZS EV Long Range
EV Battery Capacity:72.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):440 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.8
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 42 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 10.5 hrs)
Top Speed:175 km/h
0-100 km/h:8.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Maximum Power (PS):156
Torque (Nm):280
Kerb Weight (kg):1,620
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Ireland: EV Market Overview

As is the case in a number of global markets, to include the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In fact, in January 2022, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for 21% of all new cars licensed in Ireland. Put another way, more than a fifth of the cars bought in Ireland were either pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

It is also worth nothing the continued decline in the sale of diesel vehicles in Ireland, as families and businesses migrate to lower tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EVs). Diesel market share has declined from 34.2% in early 2021 to 19.7% in early 2022. We can expect this trend to continue for the forseeable future.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed €100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to €5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.

Ireland: Top Electric Cars

Top Electric Cars Type Of EV
Tesla Model 3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Nissan LeafBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Renault ZoeBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.4Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Hyundai IONIQ 5Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia e-NiroBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia EV6Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)

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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 large-scale 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 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 has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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