Mazda Gets In The Game, Puts Demio EV On The Road In October
Mazda has just announced they will also be officially getting into the electric vehicle business this October, by leasing out 100 units of the Demio EV starting this October in Japan. If all goes well, this car could go into production and fufill some compliance issues for the company here in the United States.
The Demio, which is perhaps better known to the rest of the world as the Mazda2, features a 20 kWh, Li-ion battery and Mazda’s own coil-switching electric motor.
The maximum output is 75 kW (between 5,200 to 12,000 rpm) and has maximum torque of 150 N·m (111 lb-ft) from 0–2800 rpm.
Driving range is up to 200 kilometers (124 miles), but that is on the “impossible to actually achieve” JC08 test cycle. Given how previous vehicles have been rated on this system, then converted to the EPA standard later, we would put range at about 85 miles (for comparison the LEAF has an EPA rating of 73).
The battery itself consists of 18650-type cells connected both in parallel and in series to achieve high energy density, and thereby offering the same cabin space as the regular Mazda2 (Demio). Like Nissan with the LEAF, Mazda expects the battery to maintain 80% of capacity at the 5 year market, given ordinary operation.
Even though the vehicle is lease only, it does have an MSRP of ¥3,577,000 ($44,820 USD). Mazda issued this statement as to why the Demio EV would be strictly available for lease:
Mazda has a long history of research and development into electric powered vehicles. Through the lease program, Mazda intends to gain further knowledge of electric drive technology and the usefulness of such products to the customer.
Mazda Demio EV specifications and price
|Model name||Demio EV|
|Dimensions and weight||Overall length/width/height*1||3900mm/1695mm/1490mm|
|Performance||AC electric power consumption
(JC08 mode test cycle)*1
|Driving range on a single charge
(JC08 mode test cycle)*1
|Drive battery||Type||Lithium-Ion batteries|
|Charging time||Normal charge (AC200V·15A)*2||Approx. 8 hours (full charge)|
|Fast charge*3||Approx. 40 minutes (80% charge)|
|Price (yen) (including tax)||3,577,000|
- *1 Measured by Mazda
- *2 Amount of time required to charge battery after low battery warning light comes on. Given time is only a guide. Actual charging time may vary depending on air temperature and power source.
- *3 Amount of time required when using a 50kW fast charger. Given time is only a guide. Actual charging time may vary depending on specifications of the charger.