Q. HOW DO YOU CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR?
A. Electrical cars are charged by connecting a cable with plugs between a charger and the charge socket on the vehicle. This can be done either at a public charging station or at home using a home charger or by using simple 3-pin 13A plug charger (like that supplied with MG ZS EV). More can be found about how to charge your electric vehicle at home in our article.
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FULLY RECHARGE THE MG ZS EV?
A. This will depend on what charger is used and how much charge is needed. For a 50kW DC charger at a public charging station it takes approximately 40 minutes to achieve 80% charge from zero. For a 7kW AC installed home charger or 22kW AC public charger it takes approximately 6.5 hours. For 13A home charger with domestic plug supplied it takes approximately 14 hours.
Q. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO CHARGE AN MG ZS EV?
A. MG ZS EV comes with a 13A home charger with domestic plug. To improve home charging speed, you will need to invest in a 7kW AC single phase home charger / wall box. The recommended home chargers for MG ZS EV are the Rolec Wallpod:EV Homesmart or Pod-Point Solo Smart Charger. To use public charging stations, you may need a charge-card specific to the provider and charging station type. More can be read about electric vehicle charging in our articles.
Q. CAN I CHARGE MY ELECTRIC CAR AT ANY PUBLIC CHARGING STATION?
A. The MG ZS EV can be charged at any UK charging station, if there is a compatible connector and as long as you have an account with the charge point provider. There are some public charging stations owned by specific manufacturers; these can only be used by vehicles from that manufacturer.
Q. DOES MG ZS EV COME EQUIPPED WITH A TYPE 2 CABLE?
A. MG ZS comes equipped with a 13A domestic 3-pin charger with Type 2 connector for vehicle connection. If you wish, you can also purchase a 32A Type 2-to-Type 2 charge lead.
Q. WHAT TYPES OF CHARGER CABLE WILL THE MG ZS EV ACCEPT?
A. MG ZS EV supports both Type 2 connector (for slow and fast charging) and CCS connector (for rapid charging).
Q. DOES THE HOME CHARGER COME TETHERED OR UNTETHERED?
A. Home chargers can generally come as tethered (they have the cable to connect to the vehicle) or untethered (they need a separate cable) – it is up to the customer to specify the type the require.
Q. IS THERE A TIMED CHARGING FEATURE ON MG ZS EV?
A. No, there is no timed charge feature on MG ZS EV.
Q. WHICH COMPANIES PROVIDE HOME CHARGER INSTALLATIONS?
A. There are a variety of companies that can provide home charger installations. MG recommends the Rolec Wallpod:EV Homesmart or Pod-Point Solo Smart Charger as the most suitable for MG ZS EV. It is always recommended that you use a OLEV approved home charger and installer as this will then allow for application for a government grant to cover the costs of the charger and installation.
Q. IS A HOME CHARGER INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE VEHICLE?
A. No, home chargers need to be purchased separately, but if you select an OLEV approved charger than you can apply for a government grant.
Q. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CHARGE AN MG ZS EV?
A. The price of electricity changes due to market influences. If you multiply the rate £/kWh by the capacity of the MG ZS EV battery (44.5kWh) this will give the cost of a single full re-charge. Based on home charging, recharging MG ZS EV would be less than half the cost of refilling a petrol car for an equivalent range. Read more about electric vehicle charging in our guide.
Q. IS THE VEHICLE AND CHARGE CABLE PROTECTED FROM THEFT DURING CHARGING?
A. During charging the vehicle can be locked to protect against theft. Also, as part of the charging process, the charge cable is interlocked to the car so it cannot be removed by anyone other than the customer.
Q. WHY CAN YOU ONLY RAPID CHARGE THE MG ZS EV TO 80% AND NOT TO 100%?
A. Charging rate is limited by Li-Ion battery chemistry, the first 80 percent can be done quickly. The MG ZS EV battery management system (BMS) controls the rate of the last 20% charge to fully charge the battery.
Q. HOW CAN YOU FIND ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS?
A. The locations of charging stations are available in the Satellite Navigation system of MG ZS EV, although this would need regular online updates to keep it accurate. Alternatively, there are a number of third-party applications that can be downloaded to on smartphone devices which are regularly updated with latest charging stations, charging station type and location. There are also applications from the charging companies themselves which can also provide live status information about charging stations such as Status, Location, Type, Online, Offline, In use etc.