The Mazda e-TPV, which stands for Electric Test Prototype Vehicle, is the Japanese manufacturer’s first step into EVs.
Mazda invited a few journalists from worldwide publications, including one from Canada, to test-drive the e-TPV in Norway. Based on the CX-30, the e-TPV features a battery pack as well as a rotary engine.
Mazda will unveil the production version of the e-TPV this fall at the Tokyo Motor Show but for now, a lucky few got to test drive the system on a modified Mazda CX-30. This prototype is powered by a 35.5 kWh battery and a rotary engine that’s acting as a range extender. The Wankel engine is perfect for this application as we know it’s almost vibration-free in addition to being quiet.
The e-TPV’s power is 105 kW, which translates to about 140 hp and 265 newton-metre of torque, or about 195 lb-ft. That being said, a range of about 200 km is expected from the Mazda e-TPV.
Like we wrote above, the production version of Mazda’s first EV will be premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in October with the vehicle hitting the market next year, in 2020. Last June, Automotive News Europe sat down with Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto. During the interview he mentioned: “[…], the first Mazda battery-electric vehicle will hit the market next year. Finally, we will introduce plug-in hybrid models from 2021 or 2022.”
He added, in the same conversation, about the Mazda-Toyota venture that “We are jointly developing a new EV architecture with Toyota, but we will first introduce our own EV on a Mazda architecture in 2020.”