Jake drives a MG ZS EV Long Range Trophy Connect 72.6kWh 2022 electric car.
This is Jake’s second electric car, he’s owned the MG ZS EV from new and drives 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 1,000-5,000 miles and he achieves 270 miles range from a full charge.
Why did you choose the MG ZS EV?
My 2022 is functional with V2L and the best value SUV on the market. I still own the MkI ZS EV 44.5kWh battery version (which is my wife’s daily driver). Great car lots of cabin space, great opening sky roof and good sized boot with V2L/iSMART App with remove features. I have owned the car since end of May ’22 and at the beginning of Aug ’22 my average is 3.6miles per kWh.
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Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car
- value for money.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car
A pillar panel rattle that I will go to a dealer to have fixed and no rear cabin lights.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
- A pillar internal rattle
- Maintenance error – request to take in for a service after 1.000 miles (software/battery reset issue – no big problem).
What are the standout technological features of the car?
- iSMART App with remote pre-conditioning features and battery %
- range display GOM
- GPS location
- car scanning to check all ECUs remotely are ok
- remote central locking features
- sending sat nav routes to the car remotely
- Amazon music (account required) CarPlay
- 10.2 inch touch screen infotainment system
- vehicle to load = power/charge electrical appliances up to 2.2kW (I have pulled up to 3kW no probs) so it can boil a 240v kettle or run your washing machine/freezer/tumble dryer either in a power cut or when you want to utilise the cheaper energy you have downloaded in to the car over night through the day time.
- the 72.6 kWh battery is a game changer as I can now drive 250 miles easily in summer with no stop and in winter 200-220
- vehicle wi-fi hotspot
- voice commands on the Trophy Connect.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car
- Vehicle to load is great
- voice commands on the Trophy Connect are OK.
What electric car(s) are you interested in next and why?
As I now own a MkI and a MkII MG ZS EV, I would be interested to see what MG bring next after the newly awaited MG4 and facelifted MG5. I will likely keep my fully owned cars for the next 2-3 years. My MkII will go to my wife after this, so I think another MG as they seem to be price-focussed offering extremely good value with no extra costs as you pick your spec and you get the full trim level for the chosen spec model including a host of safety/pilot features.
Outline both positive & negative elements of your home charging unit
There is no negative. I charge at home with my own ‘fuel pump’ that costs between 1-2p a mile.
Outline both positive & negative elements of your electricity supplier & tariff
At the moment, I have access to a tariff that provides me with overnight cheap green energy and then a higher price during the day. I tend to charge the car at night and also run household goods within the cheaper period to enhance the savings I’m already making by having an EV electricity tariff.
What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Outline both positive & negative elements of your insurer
I used a comparison site to obtain the best price and I have no negative comments.
Itemise how much money you’re saving each month owning & running your electric car