It has been known for some time that Mazda is preparing a completely electric model, and some new details have now been revealed by Akira Marumoto’s chief in the statement for Autonews.
First of all, Marumoto has confirmed that Mazda’s first serial electric car will be premiered over the next year, but this is not all about electric cars from this Japanese company.
Mazda plans to start from 2021 or 2022 with the introduction of a vehicle with a plug-in hybrid drive.
As for the fully electric vehicle for 2020, this will be a separate model and will not be based on any of the existing ICE-powered Mazda models. Also, this car will get Mazda’s electro plug, which means that it will not run an electric propulsion system that is being developed in association with Toyota and Denso.
Additionally, Mazda is working on new mild-hybrid versions as well as boosting economy in the Mazda 6 and CX-5 diesel version. In that connection, Marumoto believes that for SUVs and larger limos, the most efficient drive system will be the diesel engine coupled with an electric motor.