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MG5 EV: Is this the saloon style taxi the industry has been waiting for?

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Car manufacturers MG took bold steps into the electric vehicle market with the new MG5 EV released in October 2020.

Since then, the newcomer who quietly entered the taxi scene, has quickly built up a unique reputation and is already seen as a viable offering in the UK taxi EV market.

The MG5 EV’s flexibility and practicality as an estate car coupled with absolutely no exhaust emissions, makes the vehicle an interesting option for cabbies looking for a future proofed industry car.

The MG5 EV joins MG’s rapidly expanding electric car portfolio, alongside MG ZS EV and the new MG HS Plug-in, which together are expected to account for over 50% of MG’s UK sales in 2021. The brand is already the fourth most popular EV brand in the UK and the latest model will further strengthen its position.

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Like all MG models, the new MG5 EV comes with a 7 year/80,000-mile fully transferable warranty as standard. It is powered by a 115kW electric motor (equivalent to 156PS), giving acceleration of 0- 60mph in just over eight seconds, with a 52.5kWh Lithium-Ion battery pack that can be charged from zero to 80% in just 50 minutes using a rapid charger.

Arguably one of the most notable features of the MG5 EV is a WLTP approved combined range of 214 miles in normal day-to-day use. This rises to 276 miles if the car is used solely for urban driving, as confirmed by the WLTP City driving cycle.

Prices start from just £24,495 after the Plug-In Car Grant (currently £3,000) and some users will benefit from 0% Benefit-in-Kind tax during the 2020-21 tax year, or 1% in 2021-22.

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Daniel Gregorious, MG’s Head of Sales & Marketing, said: “All New MG5 EV is an important addition to the MG range and helps us to take the next step in our Momentum and Growth plan, positioning MG as a high-tech EV leader, the go-to brand for mainstream and affordable EVs.

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“We now have a range of three plug-in cars with something for everyone and with MG5 EV we’ve turned over a new leaf with Europe’s first SW EV. With a big boot, a big range and a small price tag, we really believe that MG5 EV is a real breakthrough in terms of value-for-money, practical EVs in the UK.”

Is this the saloon style taxi the industry has been waiting for?

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