MG MG4 Electric is the new best value electric car

MG MG4 Electric
MG MG4 Electric

The MG Mulan (MG4 Electric) is the new best value electric car – to be sold not only in its home country China, but also in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, South America and the Middle East.

 

Let’s see some details.

 

Standard range version

  • Length: 4.287 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.705 mm
  • Width: 1.836 mm
  • Height: 1.516 mm
  • Gross vehicle weight: 2.062 kg
  • Curb weight: 1.641 kg
  • Wheels: 17 inch alloy
  • Motor: 125 kW and 250 Nm
  • Top speed: 160 km/h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 km/h in 7,7 seconds
  • Battery capacity: 51 kWh total and 50,8 kWh usable
  • Battery energy density: 140 Wh/kg
  • Battery chemistry: LFP (LiFePO4)
  • Range: 425 km in CLTC and 350 km in WLTP
  • Consumption: 17 kWh/100 km
  • Fast charging: 39 minutes from 10 to 80 % and peaks at 117 kW
  • MIIT code: CSA7002XBEV1

 

In the UK the starting price of this version is 25.995 GBP (30.259 euros).

 

Long range version

  • Length: 4.287 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.705 mm
  • Width: 1.836 mm
  • Height: 1.516 mm
  • Gross vehicle weight: 2.086 kg
  • Curb weight: 1.665 kg
  • Wheels: 17 inch alloy
  • Motor: 150 kW and 250 Nm
  • Top speed: 160 km/h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 km/h in 7,9 seconds
  • Battery capacity: 64 kWh total and 61,7 kWh usable
  • Battery energy density: 165 Wh/kg
  • Battery chemistry: NCM
  • Range: 520 km in CLTC and 450 km in WLTP
  • Consumption: 16 kWh/100 km
  • Fast charging: 35 minutes from 10 to 80 % and peaks at 135 kW
  • MIIT code: CSA7002XBEV2

 

In the UK the starting price of this version is 28.495 GBP (33.169 euros).

 

 

Curiously, the prismatic battery cells are placed horizontally inside the module-less CTP (cell to pack) battery, which contribute for a thinner pack and more interior space. Moreover, all versions include V2L (vehicle to load).

 

As for safety and driving assistance features, all versions include:

  • Active Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Bicycle Detection
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist with traffic sign recognition
  • Intelligent High Beam Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Driver Attention Alert

 

I would like a smaller wheels (15 inch) option for better efficiency/range and a 22 kW on-board charger.

 

Anyway, in Europe, the good looking MG4 Electric will be a cheaper alternative to popular electric cars such as the Volkswagen ID.3, Renault ZOE and Peugeot e-208.

However, we shouldn’t forget the BYD Dolphin (Atto 2) that also aims to become an affordable global electric car, and while smaller, has similar wheelbase and space for passengers. It has the potential to become the ultimate best value electric car. We just need to wait for the upcoming 2022 Paris Motor Show to know more details about its arrival in Europe.

 

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.