Published on February 7th, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
MG5 Electric Vehicle To Be Part Of England’s Taxi Fleet
UK’s greenest taxi fleet adds five new MG5 EVs to its roster.
MG better known in England as Morris Garage was once a proud British car manufacturer which dates back to the 1920s. With a range of fun loving drop-top two door roadsters, namely the MGB GT, MG Midget and lets not forget the MG Roadster and some quite elegant sedans, MG was one the brightest British car brands until the year 2000. This was the era of the unreliable and problematic sedans and of course the MG TF drop-top.
Went To China
Although the TF was Britain’s top selling convertible initially, MG was in financial ruin and went into administration in 2005. Production stopped accordingly and soon after MG was acquired by Chinese automotive company Nanjing Automobile for USD97 million. Then in 2007 Nanjing Automobile was acquired by SAIC Motor (Largest car manufacturer from China) and as a result you now have MG Cars known as MG Motor UK Limited.
Returned To England
In the meantime, the MG5 battery powered car has just been selected to be part of a taxi fleet due to its large luggage space. The MG 5 uses a single electric motor sending power to the front wheels through a single-speed transmission. The power plant delivers 154bhp and maximum torque of 260Nm. This allows the driver to accelerate from 0-100kn/h in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed on 185km/h. in England, it comes with a seven year or 130,000 kilometer warranty which includes its EV battery pack.
PRESS RELEASE: A private hire and taxi firm that found fame by becoming one of the first to embrace electric car technology has added five MG5 EVs to its fleet.
Award-winning Premier Taxis was named GreenFleet Private Hire/Taxi Company of the year thanks to its EV initiative after it began operating electric taxis in 2015.
The new all-electric MGs replace Toyota Auris Hybrids on the Premier fleet and will be used across the Lancashire firm’s region, as well as airport transfers where the large luggage capacity comes in handy.
Premier Taxis Business Manager, Nikita Cutler, said: “The MG5 EV is great as it has a larger luggage capacity. This will come in handy as these vehicles are viable for airport transfers to Manchester, allowing us to offer customers the opportunity to use a Zero Emission airport transfer service for the first time.
“They will also be really handy for local journeys for those customers who have just been shopping, or for when we are collecting shopping for our most vulnerable customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Premier Taxis is gradually converting its entire fleet to electric-only thanks to huge reductions in running costs as well as positive feedback from its passengers.
“The investment in new electric vehicles is money well spent as operating costs for the company and drivers have reduced while at the same time allowing us to contribute to improving the air quality around Lytham St. Annes, Blackpool and Wyre,” added Nikita. “Electric vehicles also require less day-to-day maintenance, further reducing cost.
“Our customers find them very comfortable, enjoy the smooth and quiet ride and some of them choose only to travel in a 100% Electric vehicle as they understand the difference Zero Emission travel can make to local air quality.”
Premier Taxis driver Steve Foster added: “I have already been managing more than 200 miles on a single charge. I plug the car in at home at 5pm and that will last me until the following day at 5pm.
“Our old cars cost £22 to get to Manchester Airport. With the MG it will cost hardly anything to complete the same trip so they make great sense for a taxi driver.”
MG’s ground-breaking MG5 EV went on sale in autumn 2020 and is the UK’s first and only all-electric SW model, with a luggage capacity of up to 1,456 litres (578 litres with rear seats up) and an EV-only range of 214 miles.
MG Motor’s Commercial Director, Guy Pigounakis, said: “The private hire and airport transfer market is one where MG5 EV has an amazing opportunity thanks to its unique market position as the only EV station wagon on the market. It also has the potential to offer huge savings to operators regardless of fleet size.”
MG currently offers three plug-in models in the UK – the established MG ZS EV, the game-changing All New MG5 EV and MG HS Plug-in, all backed up by MG’s incredible 7-year warranty* and fast-developing dealer network.
*Warranty for taxis – 3 year /60,000 miles.