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The cheapest new EV has arrived in NZ - the MG ZS EV


At a joint Aussie/NZ virtual launch earlier this week, MG revealed new pricing for the ZS EV - a small SUV which will officially become the least expensive EV available to buy new in NZ.

Blowing away the already low first and second pre-sale prices, the compact EV will go on sale in NZ from $48,990 (+ORC).

Launch Piece 1

MG ZS EV 2020, from $48,990 (+ORC)

Despite the drop in price, none of the previously-announced features have been left off, with all of the MG Pilot safety and assist features remaining as standard. The MG ZS EV also boasts an eight-inch colour touchscreen, integrated Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, six-speaker surround sound audio, satellite navigation, keyless entry and a Panoramic Stargazer Sunroof, which covers 90 per cent of the car’s roof, making it one of the largest sunroofs in the segment.

The new car warranty for MGs is five years (unlimited kms) regardless of the car being an EV or not. The battery warranty is pretty standard at eight years (or 160,000kms).

Launch Piece 2

MG ZS EV, from $48,990 (+ORC)

The mantra for the new MG EV is “electric for everyone!”, and this was the simple reason for Peter Ciao, CEO MG Motor Australia and New Zealand drastically reducing the price. He said he made the decision after driving it and seeing just how fantastic the ZS EV is.

“Until now, buyers have had to pay a premium price for an EV. This has meant that only a small portion of the public can afford to buy an EV. Our vision at MG Motor is to change this situation by making electric vehicles available and accessible to everyone. By removing the affordability barrier, we are seeking to fast track EV adoption in Australia and New Zealand,” said Ciao.

MG hope to launch another four EVs over the next five years which will certainly help with accessibility.

Obtained by dealer margin squeezing, MG NZ has indicated that there will be no further discounting and that this price is available to all who purchase, whether it be trade or private.

Fitted with a 44.5-kilowatt battery, the MG ZS EV has a range of 263 kilometres on the WLTP combined cycle.

Keep an eye on aa.co.nz/car-reviews to find out what we thought of the all-new EV after a week of testing…

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