Electric small SUV, unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show, is predicted to have a 286-mile range
Mark Tisshaw
16 November 2018

MG has revealed its first ever electric car, the eZS.

Based on the ZS compact SUV, it was unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show in China.

MG has remained tight-lipped on the technical specifications of the new eZS, with full details due to be released next month. However, Autocar understands power comes from a front-mounted 148bhp electric motor and the battery is good for a 268-mile range on the old NEDC cycle.

China’s is the world’s largest market for electric cars, and MG is the latest manufacturer to enter with a long-range electric vehicle; ranges in excess of 250 miles are now the norm, rather than the exception.

UK sales are not yet confirmed, but they are considered likely as part of the slow but steady growth of the MG brand and its transition to being an SUV maker. 

MG is enjoying sales success in China, its domestic market under the ownership of SAIC. Last year, it sold 134,786 cars, a significant increase over the 80,389 sold in 2016.

That success is accelerating in 2018; to the end of August, MG had already surpassed its sales in 2017, having sold 179,109 new cars. 

The eZS is not the only new MG on display in Guangzhou. It has been joined by the new HS SUV, which is understood to be being lined up to replace the GS in MG’s UK line-up in 2019. 

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16 November 2018

 Oh this would be great, a Car that apparently can do a guaranteed 250miles between charges!

Peter Cavellini.

16 November 2018

The market of electric vehicles is growing in China, as the sales of overseas imported fashions and China-made cars take gain of the country support towards the increase of charging stations across the country and for decreased customs duties. UK Assignment Writer

16 November 2018

Why are EV manufacturers still quoting range figures measured by the now obsolete NEDC test cycle? 268 miles probably corresponds to 200 odd miles by the new WLTP test, so perhaps less than 200 miles in the real world.

It would in fact be more useful to know the rated kWh battery capacity and the vehicle weight, then we'd have a better idea of how far it would go...   

16 November 2018
Yes AGREE absolutely.. its ridiculous that Autocar are even quoting the NEDC figure... plus then going on to call it a long range car. Really anything with a useable range under 200 miles can only really be classified as mid range these days.
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FMS

16 November 2018
Tappers wrote:

Yes AGREE absolutely.. its ridiculous that Autocar are even quoting the NEDC figure... plus then going on to call it a long range car. Really anything with a useable range under 200 miles can only really be classified as mid range these days.

 

Any sensible buyers are NOT interested in what name is used to describe the rnage or lack thereof...they want to know if it will suit their lifestyle and if they do 80-100 miles per week, what indeed does it matter if that is called "short" range?.

17 November 2018
FMS wrote:

Any sensible buyers are NOT interested in what name is used to describe the rnage or lack thereof...they want to know if it will suit their lifestyle and if they do 80-100 miles per week, what indeed does it matter if that is called "short" range?.

The thing is, no two people will get the same range. If you've got a heavy foot, you'll go less far. If you do most of your driving away from motorways or stop/start traffic, you'll go further. If you live somewhere warmer, you'll go further. Personally, I'm only driving a hybrid but I've gotten 20% more range since moving from Hertfordshire to Wiltshire.

What you actually need is a consistent baseline, and that's something that NEDC does well. I can always expect that my real-world range will be about 75% of that figure.

WLTP I'm not sure about yet. It initially seemed to be very inconsistent because the Ampera-E's figure is easily achievable but the I-Pace's is near-impossible. But over the last few months, they seem to have settled around 12-14% less than NEDC.

16 November 2018
LP in Brighton wrote:

Why are EV manufacturers still quoting range figures measured by the now obsolete NEDC test cycle?

The NEDC is still the official test cycle in China.  They're not going to test a European cycle (OK, I know it is meant to be global but the US will never take it and China might not) for a car that isn't confirmed for a European launch.

16 November 2018

@ stavers - thanks for the explanation.

So China has adopted the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle), which is in fact the old test protocol in Europe. And Europe now uses WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Protocol), which apparently is not used wordwide.

Makes perfect sense. Not! 

16 November 2018

The quietness of electric drive will let you hear the orchestra of trim rattles even better.

16 November 2018

Grow up you halfwit, try making a valid comment or don't bother at all.

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