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Is a lack of charging infrastructure stopping you from buying an electric car? MG Australia thinks so, donates 3000 stations to expand footprint

Around 3000 EV charging stations will be donated by MG, and will rollout to 1000 destinations around Australia.

If you are fed up with the seemingly slow rollout of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, you aren’t alone, as MG Australia has opted to just go ahead and do it themselves.

The brand, who sells Australia’s cheapest all-electric model in the form of the ZS EV ($44,990 drive-away), will donate 3000 charging stations that will be spread across 1000 locations nationwide.

“The infrastructure will support local business across Australia, including hotels and resorts,” according to the MG press release, with the first stations to be delivered before the end of 2022.

The chargers will be based on MG’s proprietary Aurora charge hub, and won’t be restricted to MG-branded vehicles, but exact details on outputs and recharging times are yet to be revealed.

MG Australia boss Peter Ciao said the increase to charging stations should assuage apprehensions of potential electric car buyers.

“In Australia, purchase price is the biggest barrier to adoption of electric vehicles, closely followed by concern at the lack of public charging infrastructure,” he said.

“When we launched the MG ZS EV in late 2020, we offered the model at a price that delivered great value to customers. This has, in turn, changed the conversation about pricing of electric vehicles in Australia.

“We have achieved our ambition of delivering value and driving discussion. Now, we take the next step by supplying charging hardware that can be used by many electric vehicle owners in Australia.

“This initiative underlines MG Motor’s commitment to the Australian community which has supported us.”

The MG ZS isn’t the only rechargeable model offered by MG Australia though, as its HS mid-size SUV is also available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

However, the MG plug-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will change its nomenclature to Plus EV, while all future plug-ins will also adopt the new name.

MG Australia cites “confusion in the Australian market about electric vehicle technology” for the change.

“By renaming our HS electrified vehicle as Plus EV, we can provide greater clarity to the market,” said Mr Ciao.

“The renaming of the HS Plug-In Hybrid to Plus EV makes it clear to the buyer that they are purchasing an electrified vehicle.

“The HS Plus EV gives you the best of both worlds, combining remarkable performance and technology with low-emission practicality, and offering MG customers more choice in their day-to-day lives.”