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Range increase and new look for MG ZS EV, Mazda confirms first PHEVs, LEVC’s 30-van deal with BP Pulse

Range increase and new look for MG ZS EV

MG has facelifted its biggest selling electric model, with the ZS getting a longer-range battery, an EV-bespoke front-end and new iSmart connectivity system that allows app control and visibility of climate, security and charging functions.

The revised ZS, which arrives in the UK next month, gets a new 73kWh battery with an official range figure of 273 miles, compared with the outgoing car’s 44.5kWh battery and 163-mile range figure. A second battery will be added to the ZS next year, with the 51kWh pack offering an official maximum of 198 miles.

The electric ZS gets its own stamped-grille effect nose to improve aerodynamics, as well as revised bumpers and new wheels, as well as a new instrument cluster, wireless phone charging and improved graphics and functionality on the 10.1-inch touchscreen system.

Mazda confirms first PHEVs

Mazda will launch a pair of new SUVs over the next two years, both equipped with plug-in hybrid Mazda Logotechnology, as well as introducing 48V mild hybrid technology to both petrol and diesel powertrains.

The five-seat CX60 and seven-seat CX-80 will be joined in the first half of 2022 by a range-extender version of Mazda’s first electric model, the MX-30.

Mazda has also confirmed that it will launch “a number of new products” from 2025 based on its new EV-dedicated platform.

LEVC’s 30-van deal with BP Pulse

LEVC has signed a deal to supply 30 of its range-extender VN5 vans to BP Pulse for its electricians to use when installing charge points.

Each of the vans, which have a pure EV range of over 60 miles and a total combined diesel and EV range of over 300 miles, has been kitted out with specialist racking by Sortimo, and the move is BP Pulse’s first electrified van addLEVC VN5 BP Pulse deal 2021ition to its fleet.

The VN5 uses the same eCity powertrain as the brand’s TX taxis, and is built at the company’s Coventry factory.

“I am pleased to announce BP Pulse as one of our first fleet customers in the UK,” said LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann. “VN5 is the ideal solution for businesses looking to electrify their fleet and transition to greener mobility, offering zero-emission capability with minimal downtime and no range-anxiety.”


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