News and Events - regularly updated
News flash - first local meeting of the MGEVOC will be on Sunday 27th June at South Cerney, Cirencester.
Event News - first local social meeting announced. Please look out for posts on Facebook and Twitter, and let us know where you would like to see them happening, and whether you are interested in coming along.
London to Brighton, EV Rally, 18th July, for details click here. The MGEVOC will be taking part.
Don't forget to book your ticket for the EV Festival at the British Motor Museum 7th August 2021. The MGEVOC were the largest number of cars of any marque at the 2020 festival. (Photos below news section.)
The British Motor Show, 19th - 22nd August - at Farnborough International Expo Centre, also features an EV zone - but they will be outnumbered by ICE vehicles.
NB - Other news relating to charge point fixes, updates, new installations etc appear here on our Charging your MG page. Older news is still available on our News Archive page
8th May - Following on from their April announcement, Osprey has installed its first Shell Recharge EV charge point at Shell Hovefield service station. They are expecting to increase their numbers from the current over 100 on Shell forecourts, to 200 by the end of 2021.
5th May - EV sales figures for April published by the SMMT - massive increase year on year for pure electric, and all plug in variants. ICE figures continue to decrease.
2nd May - Journalist Nicholas Hellen has an article in the Sunday Times regarding smart EV charging, including case studies and the benefits of charging when the National Grid has surplus renewable electricity.
1st May - Germany announce large lithium deposits found. Apparently enough for 400 million EV's.
30th April - Rugby Moto MSA opens new range of 12 x 350 kW Tritium Electric Highway/Gridserve joint venture charge points that work!
15th April - Washington State announces a ban on gas cars by 2030 - the first US state to do so.
12th April - Shell announced plans to install 5,000 rapid and ultra rapid EV charge points on their forecourt, supermarkets and other locations around the UK by 2025.
8th April - if SUV's were a country, they would be the 7th biggest in the world for climate emissions. MGZSEV = SUV with zero emissions.
7th April - EV sales increase March 20 - 21 by 88%. YTD the figure is 74%.
28th March - there are now 119 battery electric and hybrid car models available in the UK - of which 44 are full BEV. In 2020, the commercial fleet market for sales of EV was much stronger that the private car market.
26th March - 1st tidal powered electric vehicle charge point goes live on the island of Yell in the Shetlands.
18th March - GeniePoint announced that as of 6th April they will no longer charge a connection fee. However, they have not said what their price will be per kWh so we do not know what the actual cost to charge will be going forward.
17th March - the government EV grant is being lowered further from £3,000 to £2,500. Get your order on soon to maximise the discount. MG dealers will be offering the higher level until the 31st March.
15th March - the number of people with serious complaints about their MGZSEV's - eg they want to reject their cars is sadly rising. We are going to be publicising case histories and dealer details in the next few details.
12th March - a new collaboration between Ecotricity and Gridservice has been announced. There are two elements to the transformation, which is already underway. First, all existing chargers will be replaced with new technology, doubling the capacity and offering all three connection types (CCS, CHAdeMO, and AC) as well as contactless payment. Second, a further six to 12 high-power standard 350kW pumps will be installed. Funding for the program is being provided by Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, which is also a shareholder in GRIDSERVE.GRIDSERVE has taken a 25% stake in the Electric Highway. It also brings its front and back-office technology and expertise to the upgraded network, which will have 24/7 support. For futher details, see announcement on Zap Map website.
10th March - 3 new Minstergate MG dealers are opening in York, Hessle, and Scarborough - part of MG's plans to increase their network to 130 dealers this year, having increased by 28 over the past year. MG have beefed up their management team since the end of 2020: former MG Rover director, and head of operations for Richmond Motor Group, Guy Pigounakis joined them in December along with new marketing director David Pugh.
1st March - our Facebook group has been targeted by hundreds of fake account requests. There has been a cull which has lead to lots of accounts being deleted. Several members have been muted or removed for offensive comments and spam advertising posts.
26th February - new charge points now available on the A1 north bound just beyond Baldock services. Other McDonalds locations now advertising new EV charge points available too.
23rd February - London to Brighton EV rally announced to take place on Sunday18th July. Entry is open at different price points starting at £50. The MGEVOC will be there.
20th February - LIDL are aiming to install 350 Pod Points at their supermarkets by 2022 - at a price of 23p per kWh. They have 100 in use already.
12th February - "Update Information" page with info about the BMS débacle updated with advice and comments.
11th February - Shell announce their plan to install 500,000 charge points globally by 2025, www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry-news/shell-pledges-massive-expansion-ev-charging-network
10th February - there will be 75 different EV models available this year. Check out Fully Charged Show's episode. There were less than a handful a few years ago.
5th February - 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. Their 5 new all-electric MG5's 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.
1st February - £20 million of extra funding for charge points announced by Grant Shapps
26th January - Cleevely Mobile EV servicing has started a four day trip to Scotland to service multiple EV's on their owners' drivers
25th January - Clean Technica article published about average UK drivers' mileage and the likelihood of 79% of them only needing to charge once a week, or even just once a fortnight.
24th January - Shell announced their plan to acquire Ubitricity - the UK's largest charging network
23rd January - "Air Quality News" article published about the effect of EV's, and new clean air quality zones being announced.
20th January - USA's new President Joe Biden's Inauguration takes place, heavily protected to ensure outside interference. One of his first actions is to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.
19th January - Guardian article published about the development of EV batteries that will charge in 5 minutes
18th January - very positive article about EV sales in the UK by Auto Express. They have rather changed their tune since an article last year which was negative. "MG sales must rank as the success story of the year"
16th January - full page article by Adam Vaughan about the rise of electric cars published in the New Scientist
15th January - new BMS software update released which should fix the low range/long period to equalise issue
14th January - MG5 roof bar fiasco continues.... are they usable or not?
10th January - MGZSEV announced as second highest EV model sales in India.
9th January - there are now 22 car manufacturers selling EV's in the UK. Notable is the fact that Toyota is not on the list. MG sold a total of 18,415 cars (not all EV's) in 2020 in comparison with 13,075 in 2019. Similar figures to Fiat and more than Porsche!
8th January - announcement that only 2 car marques increased their sales volumes in 2020, MG and Tesla. MG was up 40% on 2019. 2021 should be even better if the e versions of the MG3 and MGE-motion appear on the market.
7th January - the SMMT publish new car registrations for 2020. EV sales are up massively, while overall figures are down. EV's are now over 10% of new car sales. SMMT forecast for BEV 2020 was 67,000. In fact sales reached 108,000.
6th January - WhichEV give MG5 Best Value EV 2020 award
3rd January - MG wins the award for Company Car and medium EV Car of the Year for the 2nd year running
27th December - many new MG5's being delivered all round the UK to their proud new owners with their new green flash number plates.
18th December - charge point numbers have increased by 777 in the last four weeks.
17th December - Battery EV sales will reach 90k this year - nearly tripling last year's figures.
16th December - Air pollution and exhaust fumes recognised in relation to the death of a beautiful young 9 year old girl in London. This should hasten the take up of EV's.
14th December - Cleevely Motors announced mobile EV servicing business opening in January 2021. Have your car serviced at your work place or on your drive way at home.
12th December - MG Announcement.... Electric version of MG3 coming out in 2021 - there will be a huge market for this.
6th December - the Sunday Times announced that 9.1% of new car registrations are EV - they forgot to mention this is a five fold increase over 2019.
6th December - MGZSEV's are flocking to Braintree to charge up at Gridserve's new electric forecourt. See pictures on Twitter and Instagram.
3rd December - Instavolt announced partnership with KFC - installing their charge points at 450 drive through's and locations across the UK.
2nd December - sometime during tomorrow we will hit 5,000 members on our Facebook MGEVOC Group. (Confirmed at 8.55 am on 3rd December!) An amazing achievement considering the club was founded in May 2019 (after the car was announced), and the MGZSEV only started being delivered October 2019 in small quantities, before ramping up in November and December.
20th November - article in the Sunday Times about the surge of AA/RAC calls owing to flat bed rescue needed by EV drivers met my derision from members of the MGEVOC. 300 a year is the estimate, against 800,000 people running out of petrol.
17th November - 30 Electric MG's will be converted the EV-converted MGB by RBW EV Classic Cars
12th November - MG5 review by Robert Llewellyn https://insideevs.com/reviews/454038/fully-charged-first-drive-mg5-ev/
6th November - new glossary page started
30th October - "Britain’s fastest-growing car brand and rapidly expanding EV marque is marking its best-ever month in the UK, having racked up 3,668 sales in September 2020 – an incredible increase of 169% compared with the same month in 2019. With car sales across the UK down by a third year-on-year, MG is also the only mainstream brand to be forging ahead with growth – its astonishing September result sees the brand’s sales up by 52.1% year-on-year at 14,228 cars, with almost a third of the volume attributed to the zero-emissions MG ZS EV.
The company also broke its annual sales record in September with the 13,076th MG of 2020 – an MG ZS EV bought by 30 year-old Londoner Luke Walker – taking the brand over its 2019 sales total with more than a quarter of the year left to go.
The incredible growth comes at the same time as MG launches two all-new models that are destined to boost its performance further – the unique All New MG5 EV and the brand’s first PHEV, the MG HS Plug-in, both of which are available to order now. Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales & Marketing at MG Motor UK said “September was a staggeringly good month for MG in the UK. Firstly, we achieved our biggest ever sales month. In fact, our September result was almost 1,000 sales higher than our previous record month, March 2020."
27th October - annual market share of EV's has more than doubled since 2019 - it is now over 8%.
26th October - the Geniepoint total fix rollout is now complete.
6th October - EVie award finalists in 18 categories announced here. Across the various categories, they include businesses like Gridserve and Engenie, Cleevely EV, Ovo, Tonik, Instavolt and the Mayor of London. The (virtual) awards ceremony will take place on 3rd November.
5th October - SMMT new car sales figures for September and year to date have been released. Battery and Hybrid vehicles are now more than 25% of the market place - compared with less than 10% last year. 21,903 BEV's sold in September, 66,611 year to date - which includes a three month lockdown period when dealerships could not open.
For older news, please see our News Archive page here.
Recent Event News - 20 MG ZS EV's gathered at the British Motor Museum on the 8th August
to celebrate all things EV at the second UK EV Festival.
Planning is under way for a couple of casual meets in the future - outdoors with plenty of space. Info to follow.
It was one of the hottest days of the year, 36 degrees, but we had a gazebo and ice cream! Miles Roberts, of the Chorley Group, ran a very successful Tombola featuring some great MG merch as prizes. (Photos contributed by various club members and EV Clicks.)
As well as the MG's, there were Kia Souls, Jaguar iPaces, e-Golfs, e-Niros, a few Teslas, Nissan Leafs, a Hyundai Kona, an e-Mini, a Peugeot 208 e, BMW i3's, one Renault Zoe and the smiley Honda-e made it's debut.