Mazda Skyactiv-X To Add Plug-In Variant In 2021, Makes Asinine Claim On Efficiency
Step by step we are discovering the electrification approach of Mazda (the slowest OEM to adopt plug-in technology), as the company has announced its new Skyactiv-X engines and a partnership with Toyota on electric vehicles.
For 2019, the Japanese company is expected of offer:
- more hybrids and,
- an all-electric model (with and without range-extender) using tech borrowed from Toyota
In 2019, Mazda will also introduce its new compression ignition petrol engine Skyactiv-X (Spark Controlled Compression Ignition), which according to manufacturer claims have lower ‘well-to-wheel’ emissions than electric vehicles.
Of course, we don’t believe that at all, as just a 30% efficiency gain promised, while BEVs are much more than 30% efficient over today’s petrol cars….without even seeing how Mazda arrived at this number, we know fuzzy-math when we see it.
Curiously, Mazda plans on introducing a plug-in hybrid version of Skyactiv-X powertrain in 2021 – which is of course makes no sense if electrification doesn’t lower emissions. Catch-22 there Mazda?
“Mazda pledged that its next generation of petrol-engine vehicles will be cleaner than electric cars due to the use of efficiency-boosting compression ignition technology – and it’ll boost that promise in 2021, when a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain will join the range.”
“Mazda said they’ll produce lower carbon dioxide emissions than electric powertrains from a ‘well-to-wheel’ perspective – which accounts for the whole life cycle of a vehicle and the fuel needed to power it.”