Mazda Might Finally Launch An Electric Car In 2019

MAR 24 2017 BY MARK KANE 28

Mazda has hinted at an electric model coming in 2019.

European R&D boss Matsuhiro Tanaka said from the scene of the Geneva Motor Show this month that a small EV (sized similar to the Renault ZOE) is under consideration.

Mazda Hazumi

The Japanese manufacturer thinks that small cars should be the first to be electrified, as larger ones obviously need more battery capacity, and with that – weight is added.

“(A fully electric car) is one of the possibilities we are examining,”

“A small car is best for an EV because bigger vehicles get too heavy with bigger batteries, and that doesn’t make sense for Mazda.”

“If we put in heavy batteries, we need to do the opposite with the total weight. We are going to develop a new material technology in the future [to deal with this].”

More electric models, including plug-in hybrids are expected from 2021.

Mazda is now sourcing its hybrid technology (Mazda 3) from Toyota, so we need to pay close attention to both brands and read between the lines to know where those two EV-reluctant brands are headed.

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From Mazda, one choice I would like to see, as a style jump back to the Original RX7, tweaked to have a Honda IMA (Integrated Moter Assist) type drive blended into the best Wankel they ever built, but in the original 70 Cu. In. Size, for launch torque, top speed, and fuel efficiency!

SJC

Mazda could break even on a 200 mile range EV and still get more revenue. People come to shop, they may not buy the EV but they are looking at all the Mazda models.

Miggy

It looks like an updated Mazda 2 which is a 1.5 litre petrol model. not sure if you get this model in the USA.
Mazda have always did their EV testing on a Mazda 2 in the past.

SJC

We have Mazda 2 in the U.S. not a lot are sold there is a lot of competition.

wavelet

Yup. The Mazda 2, formerly called Demio (and still called that in Japan AFAIK) actually had working PHEV prototypes… Back in 2013.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/mazda/2/first-drives/mazda-2-ev-range-extender-prototype-first-drive-review

DJ

M’ehzda…

ffbj

Yeah, that was funny!

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

lol, good one!

William

Is that so? I wonder if I should cancel my Tesla Model 3 reservation for the coming “Zoom-Zoom”?

CLIVE

Maybe

I like the look of it.

CLIVE

Yeah not bad at all.

Like the pano roof

AlphaEdge

Model 3 aka Mazda 3. If a Chinese auto company created it, they would be accused of copying it.

It’s good to see another car manufacturer see the writing on the wall.

It looks like they just noticed the ‘Headline on The Wall’, but have yet to read the actual story!

Toni

“A small car is best for an EV because bigger vehicles get too heavy with bigger batteries, and that doesn’t make sense for Mazda.” – yet another fossil that does not know how EVs work. Weight and size have almost no impact on range. Aerodynamics is the main factor for range/needed battery size! And “small” cars have usually bad aerodynamics! (as example – the i3 has a smaller range with a bigger battery than the ioniq)

DangerHV

“Weight and size have almost no impact on range. Aerodynamics is the main factor for range/needed battery size!”

False or exaggerated statement. This IS correct if 95% of your driving is at steady, level highway speeds. And EV’s have regen braking which recuperate energy in stop and go driving compared to ICE cars, but weight and size (frontal area) still play a large role in energy consumption in most driving conditions.

If your statement were correct, we should have large, heavy (but aerodynamic) ICE cars getting 50 mpg.

“And “small” cars have usually bad aerodynamics!”

This I can agree with.

Toni

And yet another one….

Toni

Tesla Model S 100D – 298 Wh per mile
BMW i3 – 289 Wh per mile

The Tesla weighs twice as much as the i3

DangerHV

I found this but I’ll look further:
http://insideevs.com/bjorn-nyland-conducts-energy-consumption-test-on-tesla-model-s-p85d-70d-and-bmw-i3-video/
Much depends on conditions, as stated above. I will post any clear scientific references.

DangerHV

2wd Tesla S-75 vs BMW i3 EPA ratings. Test conditions presumably identical. As I see it, the BMW gets 32 MPGe higher rating in city driving and 6 MPGe higher on their highway rating.
https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=38558&id=38001
Tesla = ~1000kg/2200lb heavier,. Tesla CDa = 6.2 sq ft, BMW CDa = 7.4 sq ft. I don’t know where your statistics come from, Toni.

Toni

My numbers are just battery size / EPA range.
Even your numbers show a difference that is not very significant.
My point is that those numbers clearly defy mazda’s idiotic “A small car is best for an EV because bigger vehicles get too heavy..”
I guess they want to repeat all the “golf cart” EV mistakes instead of just using their brains for once.

DangerHV

Thanks for your clarification, Toni. Good Day.

Adam

So how exactly did Tesla make the S work with its big heavy batteries???

Pity. Mazda makes a good quality fossil car.

EVA-01

If Mazda corporate does green light this car, the platform will definitely be shared with Toyota. Mazda is too small of a company to spend research & development on just one car.

Rich

This is great news. One more automaker moving toward building EVs. I think Mazda makes great looking vehicles. I personally have never trusted the quality of their vehicles. With an EV drivetrain and batteries from a reputable maker, I might consider a Mazda. Hopefully, they’ll start thinking bigger and create a CUV/SUV EV instead of a tiny car.

Rico suave

Mazda, and how about Android Auto in current models? Why are you so lame about it?

Scorpion
“A small car is best for an EV because bigger vehicles get too heavy with bigger batteries, and that doesn’t make sense for Mazda.” How do these guys get their job?? A given battery capacity displaces the exact SAME # of gallons, regardless of vehicle type! As a simple example, let’s say Mazda chooses a 16 kWk pack to max out the federal tax credit, and makes 10 kWh useable. If the pack was placed in a small, light, aerodynamic Mazda 3-equivalent EREV that got 5 mi/kWh in EV mode and 50 mpg in charge-sustaining mode, the pack displaces 5 x 10 = 50 miles, or 1 gallon for each full discharge If the same pack was placed in a Mazda CX-9 EREV that got 2.5 mi/kWh in EV mode and 25 mpg in CS mode, a full discharge of the pack would displace-get ready for it!- 2.5 x 10 = 25 miles, or ALSO 1 GALLON HOWEVER: this pack would represent a HIGHER % of the 3’s weight and a LOWER % of the CX-9’s weight. There is absolutely no need to give the CX-9 the same # of EV miles as the 3 (which WOULD result in a… Read more »
Mil

I feel Mazda’s “dipping toes in the water” of EV cars will be shooting themselves in the foot. Bringing an EV out in 2019 may be too little, too late given the pace that other companies are moving. However, if all they are doing in 2019 is bringing an inferior car in very small volumes then it’s like they are unloading a 12 round shotgun into both feet.