Fast & Furious: Two Very Different EV’s Coming Out of Britain

Electric vehicles aren’t just for the wealthy as MG Motor UK proved last month by launching its affordable and family-friendly MG ZS EV SUV.

At the other end of the spectrum, Lotus Car unveiled its Evija Hypercar, which it says is the world’s most powerful production EV yet.

MG Motor UK says the first 1000 retail customers will be able to get behind the wheel of the ZS EV SUV from £21,495. It has WLTP certified range of 262km (163 miles).

Two versions of the ZS EV SUV will offer the MG Pilot driver assistance suite as standard which features Advanced Emergency Braking, Blindspot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The ZS EV SUV has a water-cooled 44.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack powering a front-mounted electric motor that delivers 105kW of power and 353Nm of torque. Water-cooling manages the battery temperature allowing frequent rapid charging and optimum range.

MG positioned the battery pack underneath the car so it didn’t compromise cabin or storage space but enabled a lower centre of gravity for more agile driving.

ZS EV SUV
MG’s ZS EV SUV

The ZS EV SUV has star-rider grille framing the octagonal MG logo, which flips up to reveal the CCS charging port. Pimlico Blue is a new colour addition to the ZS EV SUV as are new lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels.  

Lotus says it will build 130 of the all-electric 1.7 million pound mid-engined Evija hypercar, starting production in 2020.  A power output of 1470 kilowatts will see the Evija sprint from zero to 100km/h in under 3 seconds and onto a top speed of 320km/h.

Evija Hypercar
Evija Hypercar

The Evija weighs in at 1680kg and has a potential driving range of up to 400km.