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.

Daniel Gregorious, head of sales and marketing at MG, said: “we’re delighted to be entering the electric-car market at such an exciting time. With all the practicality and versatility of a compact SUV, a full-sized boot and room for five, ZS means electric without compromise... we’re confident that we can help more and more new-car buyers to go electric”.

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.