Mackie Motors in Brechin has become the latest MG Motor UK franchised dealer to deliver zero-emissions motoring to a local business, following the handover of an MG ZS EV to North Fife-based Tayport Taxis.
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Tayport Taxis new all-electric MG will be put to use on journeys in and around the village and neighbouring Dundee area. The firm’s MG ZS EV is the first electric vehicle to join the Tayport Taxi fleet, with the compact SUV’s affordability and low running costs a key motivator for the company’s purchase.
“Adding an MG ZS EV to our taxi fleet is the first step in our transition to operating a zero-emissions fleet” said David Bayne, owner of Tayport Taxis. “The car is one of the best-priced electric vehicles on the road and its spacious, well-designed interior and comfortable ride is sure to make it a popular vehicle among our passengers. Offering customers the very best service is key to our success and the ability to ensure that they will reach their destination safely and quickly is vital. The satellite navigation and MG Pilot safety systems fitted as standard in the ZS EV allow us to deliver this with consistency.”
Kevin Mackie, Managing Director of Mackie Motors, added that the launch of the MG ZS EV last summer has proved to be incredibly successful and that sales have been driven by the growing consumer and business appetite for electric vehicles and the real affordability of ZS EV when compared to other plug-in cars on the market.
MG ZS EV is the first truly affordable, family-friendly electric car, featuring a generous WLTP-approved range of 163 miles and rapid charge capability keeping customers out on the road for longer.
This electric taxi initiative would be unquestionably laudable were it not for the - in reality - poor 163 mile battery-range of the MG ZS EV which is conspicuously reported using the WLTP standard which is notoriously always circa 15%-20% more generous than the EPA rating system that most manufacturers and journalists are thankfully still adhering to. So the EPA figure for the MG would be around 140 miles - so that\'s 110+ miles less than the Hyundai Kona, e-Niro, Kia Soul EV, GM Bolt(aka Ampera-e) - and of course less than half the range of any of Tesla\'s offerings.