Mazda MX-30 will go hybridAugust 2, 2020
Unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show in October 2009, the Mazda MX-30 marks the Japanese automaker’s belated first step into the world of battery-powered electric vehicles.
The MX-30 uses Mazda’s new e-Skyactiv powertrain, combining a 143 horsepower electric motor and a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. This allows the electric crossover to provide a WLTP range of around 200 km. Sure, this figure may seem low compared to the competition, but Mazda has opted for preserving battery life to make the MX-30 more efficient.
The MX-30’s unique design helps the Japanese crossover stand out from the crowd. Until now, it has only been available with an all-electric powertrain, but Japanese media have argued that another option is coming soon: the Mazda MX-30 will be offered as a Mild Hybrid version that combines a Mazda Skyactiv-G 2.0 petrol engine with a mild hybrid system “M Hybrid”. This 180 horsepower setup is also offered for the Mazda CX-30, which uses the same platform as the all-electric MX-30.
The mild hybrid version of the Mazda MX-30 is expected to arrive in Japan this fall. Mazda has yet to confirm whether the MX-30 will go on sale in the US, but the “M Hybrid” version has a better chance of making its way to America than the all-electric version.
With an EV of just 200 km, the Mazda MX-30 will have to compete with the Chevrolet Bolt and Hyundai Kona EV, which can travel over 400 km on a single charge. It is certainly possible to use a rotary engine in the Mazda MX-30, however, this can increase the range without increasing the size of the battery, sacrificing the model’s efficiency.
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