MG Dynamo electric concept revealed

* Concept tests reaction to MG electric car * Based on Roewe E50 sold in China * 70bhp motor with typical 50-mile range...

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Ed Callow
16 April 2014

MG Dynamo electric concept revealed

This is the MG Dynamo electric car concept, revealed as part of an exhibit in London this week at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

MG says the Dynamo is ‘a concept designed to test market response to a small electric MG’. The company’s European design and engineering centre at Longbridge finalised the car, but the Dynamo is a revised version of the Roewe E50 electric vehicle sold in China. Both Roewe and MG are owned by parent company SAIC Motor.

Performance specifications released so far confirm that the Dynamo makes use of a 70bhp electric motor, powered by a battery that will achieve a ‘typical’ range of 50 miles. What Car? understands that this figure is the minimum range to be expected, with 100 miles or more being possible on some journeys.

In the UK, the Government plug-in car grant criteria state that an electric car must be able to travel at least 70 miles between charges, based on its official test cycle data.

The MG Dynamo is about the same size as a Volkswagen Up, and weighs roughly the same as the electric version of that car, at 1080kg. Its 114lb ft of torque is available instantly, propelling the Dynamo from 0-31mph in 5.3 seconds. A BMW i3 will accelerate up to the same speed in around 3.5 seconds.

No further performance figures have been revealed, but assuming the Dynamo matches the figures for the Roewe E50, expect 0-62mph in 14.6 seconds and top speed of 81mph. It’s compatible with both AC and DC charging, which means a full charge takes six hours in a three-pin plug, or 80% can be replenished in 30 minutes using a rapid charger.

While the Dynamo is billed as a concept, the fact it is based on an existing electric car makes it much more feasible as a production model. One of the biggest considerations for MG will be the price UK buyers are asked to pay.

In China, the E50 starts at the equivalent of £28,000, but after local and national grants and exemptions, it costs more like £11,500. A UK price similar to the latter could make it a very interesting rival to the likes of the Renault Zoe and Volkswagen e-Up.

The MG Dynamo concept car is on display at the SMMT in Westminster until April 28.