Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MG Joins the Electric Charge

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MG Joins the Electric Charge

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Byline: DAVID WARD

THE surge towards electric powered cars is all well and good, but one bugbear for drivers thinking of changing over is the cost. While electric vehicles offer cheaper running and lower maintenance costs they are vastly more expensive than conventional petrol and diesel powered equivalent models.

That's all changing in September when the now Chinese owned MG car maker really puts the cats amongst the pigeons by offering its first pure electric model - the compact five-door SUV ZS - from only PS21,495.

Admittedly this bargain price only applies to the first 1,000 customers who place an order with a PS500 deposit - they will also be given a free home charging point installation - then even afterwards the asking price for the entry-level Excite model will be reduced from PS28,395 by the government grant of PS3,500.

The top specification Exclusive model listed at PS30,495 will also gain the same double whammy price cut if ordered within the same 1,000 first orders bringing that down to PS23,495. It's a clever piece of marketing because such aggressive pricing, even when the first 1,000 have been snapped up, still makes the ZS EV a more realistic purchase for family motorists looking to go electric.

The other plus factor for buyers is that there is no waiting time for delivery because come September sale day, MG claims it will have a ready and constant supply of the electric powered ZS unlike most rivals where the waiting time for delivery can be many months.

There is also the benefit of MG's sevenyear/80,000-mile full warranty deal and on the ZS EV that includes the battery.

The other more practical bonus for drivers who opt for this newcomer is that it has quicker recharging time than most rivals with 80 per cent of the battery able to be charged up within 40 minutes. …

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