The MG 4 is one of the most affordable electric cars in Australia. It offers exceptional value considering its low price while still providing strong performance, driving characteristics and features.
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The all-electric small hatchback features up to 530km of claimed range, mobile app connectivity, an easier-to-access charging port, and more.
How and Where to Charge a MG 4
MG4 Charging Station, Port and Plug Type
The MG4 charging port uses the CCS standard, which features a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used for AC charging at home, work or at public chargers (e.g. shopping centre car parks).
For public fast/rapid DC charging, both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to support the high power output required. The MG4 CCS charging inlet is found on the rear left-side of the vehicle.
The MG4 can be slow, fast and rapid charged from public charging stations. In most cases:
- Slow charging requires a three-pin to Type 2 cable, usually supplied with the car.
- Public AC charging will feature a tethered Type 2 connector or may require a Type 2 to Type 2 cable.
- Rapid DC charging uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.
1. Find a public charging station for fast and rapid chargers
Plugshare is the easiest way to find any public AC and DC electric vehicle charging station in your area. It displays a map and overall rating of each charger from check-ins and comments.
Additionally, use the charging provider’s app like Chargefox or Evie Networks to view the live availability of stations and check whether a stall may be out-of-action.
2. Connect charging cable to car
Driving up to the charger, ensure that your vehicle’s charging port, located at the front, is nearest to the stall. This may require you to drive in or reverse into the charging spot.
Once parked, grab the appropriate charging connector type from the stall’s holster, open the MG4’s charging flap and any other caps, and firmly plug it into the vehicle.
3. Confirm charging has started
Use the charging provider’s mobile app or tap the RFID card on the stall to activate the charging session. You may need to press a start button on some charging stalls, too.
After a few seconds of communicating with the MG4, you can see the charging status via the station’s screen, the vehicle’s driver instrument display, or the mobile app.
How Long Does it Take to Charge a MG 4?
Level 1 and 2 Charging (slow)
Level 1 and 2 Charging refers to charging from a power socket or a mounted charger. This is typically done at home, work or shopping centre car parks.
The MG4 is capable of charging at a maximum of 7kW AC or 11kW DC via its onboard charger, the later requiring three-phase power supply and charger, typically found at public car parks or business premises. The power supply in homes is likely single phase, meaning the maximum power you can draw from the onboard charger is ~7 kW.
Charging a MG4 using a portable charger and a standard 10A power will add 18km of range per hour. A full charge would take 29 hours. Upgrading the power source to 32A, will reduce the charge time to less than 10 hours.
Level 3 Charging (fast, rapid)
The MG4 can support maximum DC charging of 140 kW, chargers with higher output than this will be throttled to this limit. Charging an MG4 from 10% to 80% at a fast/rapid DC charging station can be done in as little as 21 minutes, providing 360km of range. It is recommended to limit the charging at rapid chargers to 80% to preserve battery health.
It is recommended to limit the charging at rapid chargers to 80% to preserve battery health.
Note that the times shown are only a guide only. Other factors that might vary the actual charging time of your car. For personalised estimates of the MG4, use the zecar ev charging calculator.
How Much Does it Cost to Charge a MG 4?
The below tables show the estimated cost of charging the MG4's 61.7 kWh battery at home using a standard flat tariff or a public fast DC charger.
Based on these figures, the MG4’s fuel costs are $3.8-$19.1 per 100 km, depending on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest per kilometre cost and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost (per charge and per kilometre). This compares favourably to an equivalent petrol car which would cost $15 per 100km, assuming $2/litre for petrol.
Use the zecar EV charging calculator to find the cost and times to charge any EV using any charge method. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.
What is the Recommended Charge Level for a MG 4?
The MG 4's battery pack uses NMC chemistry. MG recommends setting the charge limit to 80% for daily use.
MG 4 Charging at Home
The MG4 is compatible with almost all portable and wall-mounted chargers equipped with a type 2 plug. It comes with a portable charging cable, which can be used on any Australian domestic powerpoint
For faster charging speeds, you may want to consider a wall-mounted charger to reach the maximum 7.2 kW charge rate the MG4 is capable of on single-phase power.
Home charging while taking longer will likely result in less degradation.Electric Car Home Charging Guide
MG 4 Charging using Public DC charging stations
The MG4 can be charged using all the major charging networks including some Tesla Superchargers and some select Tesla destination chargers.
Refer to this guide for all the key public charging providers including links to app downloads.
Excessive use of fast charging may accelerate the degradation of the battery due to the heat caused by fast charging.
Can a MG4 Be Charged at Tesla Supercharger Stations?
Yes, MG4's can charge at some Tesla Supercharger sites. As of the latest update to this article, Tesla has opened up 30 of its 63 Supercharger sites in Australia to non-Tesla EVs.
Non-Tesla vehicles will be charged $0.79 per kWh for drivers of non-Tesla cars However, non-Tesla drivers can sign up to a $9.99/month subscription to reduce the cost to $0.66 per kWh.
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Tesla supercharger sites can be accessed by non-Tesla EVs via the Tesla apps.
- Download the Tesla app (version 4.18.0 or higher) for iOS or Android and create a Tesla Account.
- Select ‘Charge Your Non-Tesla’ and find your Supercharger site.
- Add your payment method, select a stall, unlock the adapter, plug in your car, and tap ‘Start Charging.’
- Select ‘Stop Charging’ to complete your session.
MG 4 Bidirectional Charging (V2L)
The MG4 is one of the EV models that features bidirectional charging. The V2L adapter that can be purchased separately can be plugged into the type 2 AC port providing up to 2.2 kW of continuous power to appliances.
Charging a MG 4 Bottom Line
About the author
Danny is a consultant and entrepreneur working at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle and energy transition. He is passionate about educating and helping consumers make better decisions through data. He is the founder of zecar and is currently the EV Innovation Manager at Endeavour Energy.
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