MG ZS EV Charging Guide for Australia & NZ
The best value EV so far?
MG is looking to change the EV landscape in Australia with their highly cost competitive electric offering set to take on the Hyundai Kona and get EVs into the price range we expect for daily drivers.
The 44.5 kWh battery pack provides power to the single motor which produces up to 110kW, allowing drivers to go from 0-50km/h in 3.1 seconds, advertised for its intended use as a zippy city car. Advertised range is around 300km off a full charge.
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Why the MG ZS EV is so popular in Australia and NZ
...the MG ZS EV does not seek to compete with the other luxury EV offerings, but rather to bring EVs into the price territory that is more accessible to the average driver.
Built on the same platform as the regular petrol ZS, the ZS EV has a clean interior and many standard features you would expect from a modern SUV.
The ZS EV is equipped with a CCS2 Combo / Type 2 Mennekes connector. The Type 2 Mennekes connector is what’s typically used at home and at destination chargers.
Please note that MG only supplies a slow portable charger with the car, which is fine for charging up overnight, but not so great for top ups in between trips. The large lithium battery in the ZS EV may take up to 24 hours from the standard EVSE or EV Charger.
Which electric car charge port does the MG ZS EV use?
The ZS EV is equipped with Type 2 & CCS2 charge ports. The Type 2 Mennekes connector is what’s typically used at home and at destination chargers. The CCS combination port allows for fast DC charging as well as the standard AC charging.
To charge up at home, the intelligent & solar-connected Myenergi Zappi as the best wall charger to go with the e-tron.
How long does it take to charge the MG ZS EV at home?
It will take between from 7 and 20 hours to charge the MG ZS EV from flat. As with many other EVs, our team highly recommends the British-made Myenergi Zappi for the MG ZS EV as the best domestic wall charger on the market, especially if you have PV solar power or a home battery or Tesla Powerwall.
If you have solar panels at home or work, the Myenergi Zappi will ensure you're always using your self-generated renewables power when your MG is plugged in. This super smart system talks to your solar and makes sure you only charge your ZS EV with surplus solar energy.
How to charge the MG ZS EV at a public J1772 Type 1 electric car charging station
A type 1 to type 2 adapter will charge your MG ZS EV up to 7kw and give you 40 kms per hour of charge.
While universal Type 2 charging stations are becoming the norm, there are still a number of Type 1 points around Australia and New Zealand which use the J1772 standard that the ZS EV cannot natively take advantage of. So a J1772 to Tesla (Mennekes) adapter cable is the most suitable electric charging cable for your ZS EV .
This allows you to connect to J1772 charging stations; simply insert the J1772 plug to charge at up to 7kw or 40 kms of range per hour. Have a look at Plugshare map pic as an example of just how many J1772 charging stations are available in your area!
How to charge the ZS EV at a public Type 2 Mennekes EV charger
A Type 2 to Type 2 Mennekes cable will charge your ZS EV at up to 7Kw / add 40 km for every hour of charge. An essential EV charging cable for every Mennekes Type 2 electric vehicle to enable safe and secure charging from public ‘Universal’ charging stations.
Most public charge points are now universal; this means the point has no in-built cable. The result is reduced maintenance and damage, as well as reduced liability for the owner of the station. If there is no permanent cable attached to the charger then there is less risk of it being driven over or generally being abused. They are otherwise known as BYO cable chargers.