The rotary engine has become part of the Mazda’s new hybrid installation.March 13, 2019
Mazda is working on a hybrid propulsion system based on a rotary engine called the XEV. The first experiments showed that it can be used in the markets with the most stringent requirements for CO₂ emissions.
The overall architecture of the proposed Mazda installation resembles the one used in the Toyota Prius, for example. The platform is quite flexible and can be used on moderate hybrids, and on clean electric vehicles with a “stroke extension”. The compact dimensions of the rotary engine will allow combining it with an electric motor and a generator in a single unit.
When the XEV platform appears on production models in Mazda is not reported. The range of application of the plant is quite wide, and its advantage is that the characteristics can be changed on the fly, adapting to the requirements of a particular region and not investing significant funds in the development of new engines.
In October last year, Mazda confirmed the plan for the revival of rotary engines. They were going to be used exclusively as an “extender” – to increase the power reserve of electric cars and recharge the batteries while driving.
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