Every Mazda car will get some form of electric drive

October 03, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Mazda has announced its electrification and connectivity strategies. They are based on the company’s human-centered development philosophy and try to reconcile environmental protection with driving pleasure. Translated into the terminology of engineering, this means compact, lightweight electric vehicles. But the carmaker sees also a future for the combustion engine.

In order to meet the requirements of environmental protection and thus reduce CO2 emissions as far as possible, Mazda plans to focus on compact, lightweight electrification technologies while further refining the internal combustion engine. After all the IEC is forecast to be equipped in the majority of new cars for many years to come. The company will introduce electric vehicles as the optimal solution in regions that generate a high ratio of electricity from clean energy sources or restrict certain vehicle types to reduce air pollution.

By 2030, Mazda plans to deploy some form of electrification in all productin vehicles by 2030 – which means that hybrid approaches (including micro hybrid) will be implemented in all product lines. By 2030, Mazda expects that internal combustion engines combined with some form of electrification will account for 95 percent of the vehicles it produces and battery electric vehicles will account for 5 percent.

In addition to its conventional cars, Mazda said it will develop two battery electric vehicles, one powered solely by battery and another that pairs a battery with a newly developed range extender. The latter will be powered by Mazda's small and lightweight rotary engine. This engine type (in Germany known as Wankel engine) has the reputation of running particularly quietly. The range extender will recharge the battery when necessary to effectively increase the vehicle's driving range.

Taking advantage of the rotary engine's compatibility with gaseous fuels, the rotary-powered range extender is designed to also burn liquefied petroleum gas and provide a source of electricity in emergencies.

In terms of connectivity, Mazda will develop technologies that offer an enriching experience of the “joy of life”, connecting people by facilitating the sharing of experiences and feelings through cars. Which basically means that the company’s development strategy aims at integrating social networks into in-vehicle infotainment systems. In detail, the company intends to link connectivity with model-based development and reflect the results in future

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