Mazda has confirmed – the new MX-30 crossover will receive a rotary engineApril 7, 2020
Engineers of the Japanese brand plan to use an electric motor and a small rotary engine in the new Mazda MX-30 crossover. The latter is necessary to increase the overall range that the car can go on one full charge.
According to a new announcement by the automaker, the Mazda MX-30 electric crossover will go on sale in Europe in 2021 and may receive a rotary engine, which will play the role of an auxiliary engine, whose task will be to increase the total cruising range. The company is currently “looking back” and is seriously considering the possibility of returning Wankel rotary piston engines.
“Not so long ago, the company developed a prototype of the Mazda2 electric model with a small single-rotor engine, which would be used as an additional one, due to which the overall power reserve would increase. A similar system can be premin in the serial version of the Mazda MX-30 crossover. The start of sales of this brand new car is scheduled for this year. “
The new MX-30 crossover has a 143 horsepower electric motor and uses a relatively small 35.5 kWh battery. The power reserve will be only 209 kilometers.
With such a small power reserve, it’s easy to see why Mazda engineers can work to increase that. The power plant in the Mazda2 concept used a single-rotor engine with a displacement of 0.333 liters. He developed 38 horsepower, and the entire power plant weighed 100 kilograms. The fuel tank was only 10.5 liters. According to estimates, this system was able to double the battery capacity by 20 kWh.
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