The All-Electric MG4 EV: The Complete Guide For India

MG4 EV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 51 kWh/64 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 218 - 281 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The MG4 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. The automotive company currently has the following battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale:

The pure electric MG4 EV was released in China in June 2022, and in Europe in July 2022. The EV is built on the SAIC’s battery electric Modular Scalable Platform. It is the first all-electric hatchback car from MG. For families and company-car drivers keen to migrate to affordable zero-emission electric driving, the MG4 EV is worth consideration.

The MG4 EV is available in two EV battery sizes: 51 kWh and 64 kWh (Long Range). 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 kWh has a range up to 218 miles (WLTP), while the 64 kWh offers a range up to 281 miles (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, both options remain useful! For the 51 kWh expect a real-world emission-free e-range closer to 185 miles, while for the larger battery, 240 miles will be more realistic.

The MG4 EV electric car incorporates a single-phase (7 KW AC) onboard charger. More than adequate for EV home charging in India, given that the majority of homes have single-phase power supply. The 51 kWh EV can be fully charged in 7 hours and 30 minutes using a dedicated residential EV charger like easee. The MG4 EV Long Range can be full charged in 9 hours.

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 80,000 miles warranty.

The MG 4 EV also offers DC charging capability. Using a 150 kW DC rapid charger, the 51 kWh EV can be charged from 10%-80% in 39 minutes. The 64 kWh can be charged up to 80% in 35 minutes. Of course, a 50 kW DC charger will be slower: the 51 kWh can be charged up to 80% in 52 minutes, while the Long Range battery will take 60 minutes.

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, 10.25″ colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 360o parking camera and more. The available boot space is 363 L.

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive MG4 EV achieves 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds for the standard EV battery. The Long Range is a little slower and achieves 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The EV delivers a maximum power up to 203 PS (torque: 250 Nm). The top speed is 100 mph.

The MG4 EV electric car is not available in India.


PROS CONS
An affordable family electric carDriving performance will not set the heart racing
Available in two EV battery sizesInterior materials not premium
Decent pure electric range. DC charging up to 150 kWSmall boot

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The All-Electric MG4 EV (credit: MG)


Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel vehicle. As an example, in India, filling a full tank of fuel for the internal combustion engine (ICE) Tata Nexon SUV will cost up to Rs 5,000 (assuming an average cost per litre of Rs 100. The Tata Nexon has a fuel tank capacity of 44 L).

In comparison, the Tata Nexon Pure Electric SUV will cost less than Rs 300 for a full EV battery charge (EV Battery size: 30.2 kWh). In India, the average cost for residential electricity is between Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kWh(unit). Therefore the cost to drive per km (or mile) in a pure electric vehicle is substantially lower than a petrol or diesel vehicle.

At an average one can expect a cost per km of Rs 1 for a zero-emission EV, while for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, the cost per km could be up to Rs 7 per km. The annual cost savings achieved by switching to electric driving is significant!


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Engine:Electric
Available In India:No

Variants (3 Options)
SE
SE Long Range
Trophy Long Range

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 51 kWh/64 kWh
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 39 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:7 years or 80,000 miles

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)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1504
Width (mm):2060
Length (mm):4287
Wheelbase (mm):2705
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):363

MG4 EV
EV Battery Capacity:51 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):218
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.0
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 39 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:100 mph
0-60 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Maximum Power (PS):170
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,655
Colours:4
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

MG4 EV Long Range
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):270 – 281 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.0 – 16.6
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 35 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs)
Top Speed:100 mph
0-60 mph:7.7 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Maximum Power (PS):203
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,685
Colours:5
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Pure Electric Cars Available In India


For most of us in India, recognising an electric car on our roads will be a challenge. Compared to the more matured EV markets, like China and Europe, the availability of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in India is still limited. Having said that, the leading automotive manufacturers in India, like Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra, have demonstrated leadership in the development and introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) in India, to include, the Tata Nexon EV and the Mahindra eVerito. Tata announced recently it had increased its sale of EVs in India by a whopping 353% in FY22 compared to FY21. Tata sold 19,106 EVs in FY22.

India currently has up to 20 pure electric cars on sale, ranging from Rs 11.99 to Rs 2.05 Crore. Leading international automotive brands like Audi AG, BMW AG, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Mercedes-Benz, MG Motors, Porsche AG & the Volvo Group have introduced plug-in pure electric cars in India. We can expect many more international automotive companies to follow suit, to include, the famed EV manufacturer, Tesla Inc. In fact, Elon Musk has already made public his intentions to sell Tesla electric cars in India.

For the successful development of the electric driving market, the deployment of widespread EV charging infrastructure is a prerequisite, to include, charging at home and public EV charging stations. In India, electric car charging infrastructure is still at very nascent stages. The total number of public charge points in India are currently a mere 1,742. EV chargers installed at homes is also at a nascent stage.

Lastly, the introduction of cheaper electric cars with longer ranges is vital in building confidence with potential buyers to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric cars. EVs at a price point below Rs 20 Lakhs will be key in spurring growth in the Indian EV market. Below is a list of BEVs currently available in India.


EV Type Of EV Price
Audi e-tronBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.00 Crore
Audi RS e-tron GTBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 2.05 Crore
Audi e-tron SportbackBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.19 Crore
Audi e-tron GTBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.8 Crore
BMW iX Electric SAVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.16 Crore
Hyundai Kona ElectricBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 23.79 Lakhs
Jaguar I-PACEBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.05 Crore
Mercedes-Benz EQCBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.06 Crore
MG ZS EVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 21.49 Lakhs
Porsche TaycanBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs. 1.5 Crore
Porsche Cayenne E Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)Rs 1.58 Crore
Tata Tigor EVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 11.99 Lakhs
Tata Nexon Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 14.24 Lakhs
Volvo XC90Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)Rs 95 Lakhs



Author

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 the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar 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 AMIH, 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 is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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