A number of Chinese websites have posted images of what they are claiming is the first ever electric MG, provisionally called the E1.
This car was first shown at the 2010 as the Roewe E1. Why the change to the MG brand in the SAIC stable — remember, the Chinese car maker now owns MG and ‘Roewe’, the old Rover, after the collapse of the British car company in 2005?
Probably because the MG brand has a more youthful appeal. It’s also a brand which will see more exports, with Roewe being primarily a Chinese domestic brand. Might those exports include to the UK? We’re not sure and take no comfort in the fact that in discussions about product plans with MG Motor UK top brass, an EV has never been mentioned.
The MG E1 is a compact city car with a 2+2 seating arrangement. Top speed will be 75 mph with 0-62 mph taking 16 seconds. The typical range on a full charge will be over 80 miles. It will take just 30 mins to charge the lithiom iron batteries to 80% charge. No word yet how long long a full change would take on a domestic 220 volts plug.
Reports are suggesting the E1 will go on sale in China in 2012.
Credit to carnewschina.com and 163.com.