This Japanese company Mazda will have a new 100% electric vehicle in its catalog sooner than expected, thus moving away from its current philosophy where it only has a zero-emissions model. Large companies are making large investments in the development of electric cars. The same does not happen among smaller companies that have fewer financial means to develop their technology. Such is the case of Mazda. The Japanese firm currently has a single electric vehicle in its catalog, the MX-30, which also offers an electric alternative with extended range using a rotary engine. But when will this particularity change?
After many rumors, Mazda may be preparing a good dose of electric vehicles for the coming years. In recent weeks there has been persistent talk of the arrival of a hypothetical electric MX-5, while just over a year ago a patent was revealed for what appeared to be a zero-emission Mazda3.
Key years for Mazda
Likewise, new information is arriving today in this regard, since, according to Automotive News, Mazda has confirmed the arrival of a battery-powered electric vehicle for the year 2025. The aforementioned news portal assures that its source is neither more nor less than Tom Donnelly, CEO of Mazda North America, which makes the reliability of this information even more real.
Although detailed information has been scarce, both by the CEO and by the media itself, Donnelly confirmed that: “it will be an existing model and probably a crossover. More electric models will be added to this, although it will depend on the demand of the consumers themselves.” Most signs point to a renewal of the Mazda CX-5, which has been on the market for some years now, although this, for the moment, is nothing more than gossip.
While the development and launch of this hypothetical electric crossover becomes a reality, the brand continues working on future models: “Mazda will continue the proliferation of plug-in cars throughout its range. A plug-in hybrid is the right technology for today’s market, given the many challenges in terms of infrastructure and everything else. “We are committed to an electrified future, but in the short term we feel that we have the right technology,” said the North American official.
Today, plug-in hybrids are a completely acceptable alternative for almost all cases, since they represent a net expense in fuel for several dozen kilometers a day, which can be used to go from home to work. In addition to this, they also continue to have the facilities that a thermal vehicle still offers today, especially for long trips. For this reason, the company has the aforementioned variant of the extended-range MX-30, as well as the Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid. The difference between both technologies is that while in the first the propulsion is always electric and the battery can be powered by a gasoline generator or from the grid, in the second the combustion engine is also connected to the wheels. In addition, there is also room in its range for the small Mazda 2 with non-plug-in hybrid technology.
At the moment, no further information is known about the new 100% electric Mazda that should arrive throughout the year 2025. However, it is known that the Japanese company wants to make a much more practical and usable vehicle than the current electric MX-30, which barely exceeds 200 kilometers of range, which for many may be a really short range. Be that as it may, in the coming days the Tokyo Motor Show 2023 will take place where new news regarding the electrification of the range is expected.