- May 12, 2021
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- MG ZS EV
I understand your pain. There are some IFs that could make things safe and easy for you. IF you have a home charger fitted when you buy the EV (most people do depending on their house situation) you will do most of your charging at home, using the Trophy's on board charging management for cheaper off peak electricity. IF your daily commute or avg daily drive (for us retired people) is modest then you'll never be far from home and g'teed easy charging. BUT IF you want to travel long distance - say 150 miles each way, then you will need to plan where you're going to charge. There are more and more fast chargers for public use and by fast I mean 50-150KwH, so really quick. As a second string you could charge at your desitination off an ordinary 13A domestic 3-pin socket though it will take some hours. More and more hotels are installing chargers, too and some local authorities. The new MG EV Trophy will display nearby chargers on the satnav, though 'people say' that the ZapMap software app (you have to pay) is better. On the matter of 'breakdown' i.e. running out of charge, my insurance with =LV (they insist on the = sign) covers, to my astonishment, towing if the battery runs out. You raise 'battery health'; for general driving about you need only charge to 80% and the on board s/w will do that; but for long range you can opt for 100%. I would be interested to know what you decide, Susanna. Though if you do cancel, the dealer will sell your car in seconds.I have certainly read numerous tips and interesting information about the new ZS EV, so a big thank you to everyone who contributes to this excellent forum.
However, I am getting increasingly concerned that my lack of knowledge and understanding about the technicalities of HV batteries is going to result in me cancelling my order, as everything now seems so complex. Was I completely naive to assume I was just buying a car to get me from A to B in an environmentally friendly way, and that if I had any issues, I would just call out the breakdown service?
I did lots of research on various EV’s before deciding on the MG, but nowhere did I read that you required any special skills in determining battery health, charging rates etc.
I have no knowledge about what goes on under the bonnet of any ICE car either to be honest, but it’s never been an issue.