MGs first electric car, the ZS EV, will be exhibited for the first time in the UK this month, before sales start in September.

The brand will use the London Motor Show, which opens on May 16, as the setting for the models debut. The brand also claims to have had 800 “expressions of interest” from buyers, the largest number it has ever had in Britain.

The rival Kia Soul EV was first presented at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China last year and will be sold alongside existing gasoline versions of the ZS.

Although specifications have not yet been confirmed, the ZS EV destined for the UK is expected to use the same 148 hp front mounted electric motor as the model sold in China.

The cars lithium-ion battery will be good for a range of 268 miles in the old NEDC test cycle, and MG says it can reach 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes.

As a guide, Nissan Leafs WLTP range is 28.5% lower than its NEDC range, and the same reduction would put the ZS EV at 192 miles.

“We are delighted to enter the electric car market at such an exciting time,” said Daniel Gregorious, MGs head of sales and marketing. “With MGs trademark approach, we are confident that we can help more and more new car buyers become electric.

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