Electric MG ZS EV to go on sale later this year

A pure-electric MG ZS EV has been confirmed for the UK, with sales set to begin in September

The MG ZS EV – an electric version of the ZS compact SUV – will go on sale in the UK, the British carmaker has confirmed.

According to a company spokesperson MG is aiming for a “September sale date”, and the ZS EV will arrive with a range of 266 miles.

The MG ZS EV was revealed at the Guangzhou motor show in China in 2018, under its local name of 'MG eZS'. It uses a single 148bhp electric motor to power the front wheels, and MG claims it'll be able to receive an 80% charge in 30 minutes.

However, no specific charging details have been revealed.The standard ZS uses a 1.0-litre petrol engine and competes with rivals like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, with prices ranging from £12,495 to £17,495.

It hasn’t been confirmed how much the MG ZS EV will cost, but it’ll have to stack up against rivals like the Renault ZOE, as well as larger alternatives like the Kia e-Niro, and forthcoming low-cost electric cars including the Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa.

MG is owned by Chinese conglomerate SAIC. The ZS EV will be its first electric car.