Mazda will install small batteries on electric carsJanuary 6, 2020
The Japanese company will use small batteries for less CO2.
Mazda said it would never build an electric car with a “big battery” because it believes that such cars are less environmentally friendly than even ordinary models with a diesel engine, judging by the entire life cycle of energy.
Speaking in Portugal to test the prototype of the new MX-30 electric car, Joachim Kunz, head of product development and design at Mazda Europe, said the company studied CO2 emissions from the car’s production from recycling.
Referring to a study conducted by a Japanese university using average CO2 output over a European network, Kunz said that a 95 kWh electric car with such a built-in CO2 deficiency at the point of sale that the new Mazda Skyactiv diesel car is likely to be more efficient in terms of CO2 emissions. over the entire life cycle, even if the EV battery is not replaced with 100,000 miles.
According to Kunz, Mazda estimates that an electric car with a 35 kWh battery makes more sense for the environment, since by about 50,000 miles such an electric car begins to show less CO2 emissions over its life compared to a Mazda diesel.
Another claimed advantage of the MX-30 concept is that it has a longer range per kilowatt hour of battery than many competitors, due to the fact that a smaller battery weighs much less, which reduces the amount of energy needed to move the car.
The serial version of the MX-30, which is due to appear in Europe at the end of this year and in the UK at the beginning of 2021 at a price of 34,000 euros, will have a 35 kW / h battery. The car will be driven by an electric motor with a capacity of 141 hp. and 195 Nm of torque, and a cruising range of about 130 miles. The lithium-ion battery is manufactured in Japan by Panasonic.
Most car manufacturers agree that the average European driver travels about 35 miles a day, which is why Mazda claims that the MX-30 will have a sufficient range for most owners and will also be a real low-CO2 car for its entire life.
In addition, Kunz told Autocar that for drivers who need a low-CO2, long-range car, Mazda is currently developing a new range extension system that uses a compact rotary engine. According to the head, it is too early to disclose any technical details about the future rotary engine.
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