Electric Vehicles

MG ZS EV base Excite variant gets bigger battery pack

Written by Nayak

The base Excite variant of MG ZS EV has gone on sale for INR 21.99 lakh (ex-showroom). With this price tag, this trim goes head to head with the Tata Nexon EV Max. With the new variant, the price difference between the top-end XZ Plus Lux Fast Charger variant of the Tata Nexon EV and the MG ZS EV comes down to INR 2,15,800.

What’s Extra In The MG ZS EV?

With the higher price tag, we get a host of added features and enhanced mechanicals. Furthermore, the ZS EV also gets a bigger battery pack that promises a higher range of 461 km, as against 437 km for the Nexon EV. The difference might not seem much on paper, but in real-life driving conditions, we expect a better range from the MG. Moreover, the battery pack included with the MG also boasts ASIL-D, IP69K Safety, and UL2580 certification.

In terms of mechanicals, the MG also gets a more powerful motor. The output figure from this unit reads as 174 HP and 280 Nm. The 0 to 100 kmph acceleration time is 8.5 seconds. The power output from the Nexon EV Max’s motor is 141 HP and 250 Nm. But, in terms of charging time, the Tata Nexon EV takes less time. Using a regular charger, the Nexon EV Max charges to full in 16 hours. Meanwhile, a fast charger takes around 6 and half hours. The ZS, in this aspect, takes about 18 to 19 hours for a full charge on a regular charger. Meanwhile, with a fast charger, it can top up in 8.5 to 9 hours.

On the safety aspect as well, Tata’s representative has the upper hand. As of now, Nexon EV is the only SUV in the country with a 5-star NCAP rating as well as an electric powertrain. We still have no official crash test rating for the MG ZS EV.

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