The All-Electric MG5 EV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Price: From € 34,645
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Estate
Battery size: 61.1 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 403 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric MG 5 EV

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 MG5 EV (electric vehicle) is the second pure electric car from MG, after the all-electric MG ZS EV. For those families seeking ‘value for money’ in a pure electric car, the MG5 is certainly worth considering.

For a start, there are very few pure electric estate cars available for sale in the Irish market, positioning the MG5 electric estate car as the best option for those seeking an affordable and spacious electric station wagon. The EV offers a strong proposition for both families and company-car drivers, given the affordable pricing and the lower cost of electric driving.

The MG5 EV is available in only one EV battery size (61.1 kWh), which is in the middle of the range for EV battery sizes currently on offer for electric cars. The 61.1 kWh battery is certainly a practical and useful size. The automotive manufacturer claims a pure electric range up to 403 km on a full charge. Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the MG electric car should be able to deliver over 380 km.

The MG5 EV incorporates a single-phase (7 KW AC) onboard charger. More than adequate for EV home charging in Ireland, given that the majority of homes have single-phase power supply. The EV can be fully charged in 9 hours and 30 minutes using a dedicated residential EV charger like easee.

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 MG5 electric estate also offers DC charging capability up to 150 kW DC. At 150 kW DC the EV can be charged up to 80% in 35 minutes. Using a 50 kW DC rapid charger, the EV can be charged from 10%-80% in 61 minutes.

In terms of the exterior styling, it is well suited for those keen on a more traditional look. Not everyone appeals to a futuristic design. Neither the exterior or the interior is class-leading, but it gets the job done. MG offers a host of features and technology, to include: 10.25″ colour touchscreen, 7″ colour driver information display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 360o parking camera, active emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle Detection, lane keep assist, intelligent speed limit assist , adaptive cruise control and more.

Interestingly, the MG5 also offers vehicle-to-load charging capability i.e. other electric items can be charged or powered using the onboard EV battery. The EV is practical for front and rear seat passengers. The available boot space is 479 L. In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive MG5 EV SW achieves 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. The EV delivers a maximum power up to 156 PS (torque: 260 Nm). The top speed is 185 km/h.

Bottom-line, the EV has much to offer families and companies seeking lower motoring costs and zero-tailpipe emission electric driving!

A genuinely affordable family electric estateExterior styling not the most appealing
Decent electric rangeNot the most inspiring drive
Practical and ample boot spaceInterior quality can be improved


The All-Electric MG5 EV (credit: MG)

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

Variants (2 Options)
Excite Long Range (from € 34,645)
Exclusive Long Range (from € 37,895)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 61.1 kWh
Charging:150 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 35 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 30 mins)
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):1543
Width (mm):2059
Length (mm):4600
Wheelbase (mm):2659
Turning Circle (m):11.3
Boot Capacity (L):479

MG5 EV (61.1 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:61.1 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):403 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.5
Charging:150 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 35 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:185 km/h
0-100 km/h:8.3 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Horsepower (PS):156
Torque (Nm):260
Kerb Weight (kg):1,550 – 1,565
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Solar And EV Charging: An Overview

The benefits of renewable energy, in particular, solar and wind energy, is already well established across Europe, and in other parts of the world. With the increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) over the past three years, the advantages of using clean and renewable energy has been further enhanced.

Firstly, on-site renewable energy can be used for powering both business premises and homes. For on-site generation, we have witnessed a significant increase in distributed clean energy generating plants i.e. many commercial buildings and residential buildings have become generators i.e. generating electricity on-site!  Solar roof projects have been popular for such on-site generation installations.

The ongoing war in Ukraine has further amplified the need to develop energy security, not only at a national level, but also at a local level, to include, businesses and households. Those households and businesses that already generate and consume clean energy on-site have been spared the significant onslaught of energy price rise in 2022, which is expected to continue in 2023.

Installing solar panels on-site, mitigates the risks associated with energy price inflation, a significant contributor to costs for a business or a household. On-site renewable energy generation also impacts the environment positively. For those with electric vehicles (EVs), in particular, pure electric vehicles, we strongly encourage the use of renewable energy for EV charging. Of course, we also encourage the use of solar energy for charging a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Apart from the significant cost benefit i.e. generating renewable energy is a nominal cost per kWh (after initial set-up/ installation costs), to achieve true zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, renewable energy needs to be used for EV charging. This is also known as ‘well-to-wheel’. Just one electric car on the road can save an average of 1.5 million grams of CO2.

The good news for electric car owners is that a number of EV charging stations are now compatible with solar/ wind generation and battery storage. The UK manufacturer myenergi zappi is a good example of a solar/ wind compatible EV charger.

We encourage business and households to adopt an on-site ecosystem of ‘renewable energy-battery storage-EV charging’, to gain the maximum from the advantages of low carbon generation and zero-emission electric driving. Bottom-line, renewable energy is good for the environment and the wallet!

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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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