Performance – The MG ZS EV gets a 44.5 kWh battery pack that promises a range of 340 kms on a single charge. The lithium-ion unit can be charged up to 80% in 40 minutes with a 50 kW DC charger, or takes up to seven hours with a standard 7.4 kW charger. The company will provide a 7.4 kWh charger in all of the ZS EV cars. The synchronous motor can develop 143 PS and 353 Nm of peak torque and it will also get over-the-air (OTA) technology. The car can do a 0-100 km/hr sprint in just 8.5 seconds.
The ZS EV can go for 340 kms on a full charge and can be charged to 80% in just 40 minutes with a 50 kW DC charger
Once you’re behind the wheel, let me tell you that the MG ZS EV will not pin you to the seat once you accelerate but having said that, its not lazy as well. It offers a good amount of power right off the bat, but it is the mid-range where it really shines. It picks up speed quite effortlessly and overtaking is a breeze. Of course, throttle response is affected by which of the 3 driving modes (Eco, Normal and Sport) you’re in, but so is off-throttle braking. Eco is the least aggressive but offers the longest range while the Sport mode is the most fun to rev.
The battery system used in the new ZS EV is IP67 certified making it water and dustproof. The company says that it has tested the ZS EV in India for over 1 lakh kilometres. If you’re wondering how you would charge the ZS EV, well, the company provides an onboard charging cable for 15 amp plugs. For home/office charging, the company provides a 7.4 kW home charger with every ZS.
Driving Dynamics – The steering feels a little stiff for city drivability, but it weighs up pretty well on the highway. Now it is understood that an electric vehicle is not really exactly considered to be a highway vehicle but the ZS EV is good. The suspension is on the stiffer side but in its defence, it has to protect the huge battery it carries. Since its an electric vehicle, NVH levels are great. One sits nice and quiet in the cabin, breathing fresh air. Coming to the brakes, they bite hard if not applied with caution. The ZS EV gets 3 levels of regenerative braking that juice up the battery every time you step on the brake.