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

MG5 EV electric car India
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Estate
Battery size: 61.1 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 250 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


Electric Cars: The Basics


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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. 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 globally, positioning the MG5 electric estate car as one of the best options, 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 250 miles on a full charge. Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the MG electric car should be able to deliver over 215 miles.

The MG5 EV 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 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 80,000 miles warranty. The MG5 electric estate also offers DC charging capability. 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 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds. The EV delivers a maximum power up to 156 PS (torque: 260 Nm). The top speed is 115 mph. The MG5 EV is not available in India.


PROS CONS
A genuinely affordable family electric estateDC charging limited to 100 kW
Decent electric rangeNot the most inspiring drive
Practical and ample boot spaceInterior quality can be improved

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The All-Electric MG5 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:Estate
Engine:Electric
Available In India:No

Trims (2 Options)
SE Long Range
Trophy Long Range

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 61.1 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 40 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 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):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):250 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.5
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 40 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:115 mph
0-60 mph:7.3 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Horsepower (PS):156
Torque (Nm):260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,562
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Air Quality: The Basics


It does not matter where in India one lives, no one can escape the increased level of air pollution engulfing our villages, towns and cities, across the country. However, this is not unique to India.

Air pollution has been documented globally as one of the key issues in increased mortality rates, in particular, for those that are most vulnerable: the children and the aged. Increased air pollution has been linked to increases in premature deaths, higher rates of cancer, heart attacks, stroke and lung diseases.   

In India, air quality worsens closer to more densely populated urban centres, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd tier cities. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru are just some of the examples of cities with dangerous levels of toxic air pollution or poor air quality. In fact, air pollution levels have been so high in India in the recent years, that it has captured the attention of the world media. 

Many factors affect the level of air pollution, but one that is significant, is the pollution released from road transportation, commonly referred to as ‘emissions’ or tailpipe emissions. For the majority of the globe, to include, India, emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles contribute more than 30% to air pollution. This is an average, and certainly, in more populated cities like Delhi and Mumbai, the level of toxic contribution from vehicle exhausts will be even higher. The other major contributor to air pollution is energy production and consumptions (fossil fuels).  


So, what is air pollution?


  • Air pollution is the release of pollutants in our atmosphere that have a negative impact on the health of individuals and the environment as a whole. 
  • The majority of pollutants are invisible. The are minutely small particles (finely divided solids) or gases that cannot be seen with the naked eye. These extremely small solid or liquid particles are also called particulates. Examples are: fumes, smoke, dust and soot. The majority of these particulates are less than 10 micrometres.    
  • Air pollution can affect the environment both outdoors and indoors. There are a number of different types of pollutants, but the most well known are particulate matter, carbon dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.  
  • Both carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NO2), contribute to smog formation, very common in the winter months.  Sulphur dioxide (SO2) contributes to haze and also acid rain formation. Particulate matters also contributes to haze and acid rain. All the above negatively impact health by increasing irritation of breathing passages, aggravation of asthma and irregular heartbeat. 
  • Pollutants like carbon dioxide have a far reaching consequence on our lives. It is not only air pollution that it impacts, but as being a major source of greenhouse gas, CO2 has a long-term and detrimental impact on our environment and ecosystem. More commonly refereed to as ‘climate change’.
  • Most of us know in India are familiar with PM 2.5 (fine particulate matter). These are tiny particles or droplets that are two and one half microns or less in width. A micron is a unit of measurement of length equal to one millionth of a metre. An increase in levels of PM 2.5 concentrations result in an increase in unhealthy air quality, haze etc.  Vehicle exhausts are a major contributor to higher levels of PM 2.5 in the air.    
  • Though measures like reducing traffic (odd-even system in Delhi), wearing air masks etc. can help reduce the impact of pollution, the reduction is not far-reaching. Zero-emission road transportation i.e. electric cars, are a panacea for a sustained and comprehensive improvement in air quality. The sooner, we in India, migrate to electric vehicles, the sooner can we start to improve our local air quality.  



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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