Volvo missed something and sullied its name by not being the first to make an all-electric station wagon (it’s a station wagon for you Brits). In fact, that title went to MG, the former British brand which is now owned by SAIC in China.
Called MG5, the electric wagon is slated for release in Europe in October this year. Details are pretty scarce at the moment, but MG says more will be announced closer to the car’s official launch.
MG however announced the most important detail, it is the size of the trunk. The Anglo-Chinese brand claims that the rear storage capacity is around 578 liters, which is 83 liters more than what you get in a BMW 3 Series Tourer for reference.
All we need to go through for now are the renderings below, but I wouldn’t expect the final version to be too different. MG really has nothing to gain by outventing the MG5 now, but to disappoint later down the line.
In terms of electrical performance, that’s exactly what you’d expect from a brand trying to reach a young but price-conscious audience. Everything is perfectly operational: 400 km of autonomy, 181 hp of engines and can perform an 80% charge in just 30 minutes. It’s not going to set a record here, but it’s far from the worst electric vehicle on the market.
Maybe it’s more than fair, in fact it all sounds good. Finally, an all electric auto, it has tons of luggage and is not an SUV.
Ode to breaks
I’d like to make a controversy, though true, statement: breaks are the choice of the thoughtful person. This is the type of car you choose when you know you need a little practicality, but know that buying something like an SUV is ostentatious and overkill.
Station wagons are also much safer for pedestrians and other road users than SUVs in the event of an accident.
The advantages of station wagons are only reinforced when we think of them as electric cars. Thanks to fewer transmission components, there is even more space inside. There are no tailpipe emissions, it’s always a win. And since they’re lighter and not as tall as electric SUVs, they should have better range as well.
But because we’re all so obsessed with electric trucks and SUVs, surprisingly, it’s MG who happens to be the first to release an all-electric station wagon.
Why don’t we already have one?
When someone says station wagon, there is one brand that comes to mind: Volvo. The spacious family wagons have been the bread and butter of the Swedish brand for decades.
Volvo has been very vocal about its transition to greener transmissions and is well known for its emphasis on safety. By 2025, the company wants half of its vehicle sales to be electric and already offers hybrid options on most of its range.
Station wagons are bought by people who really think about what they are buying before they buy it. They weigh the pros and cons, consider space, their family and their impact on the world around them.
If you ask me, this is the perfect market to target an electric vehicle – it’s a market Volvo has had in its hands for decades.
For this reason, I do not understand why the Swedish brand has not yet made an all-electric station wagon. Everything was in place, we just had to put the pieces together. Maybe Volvo didn’t even realize there was a race to build the first EV station wagon.
But hey, we have MG now.
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Published March 18, 2021 – 09:28 UTC