Thursday, January 20, 2022
News Mazda MX-30 Will be Available With Rotary Engine Range Extender

Mazda MX-30 Will be Available With Rotary Engine Range Extender

The all-electric Mazda MX-30 has one major flaw and it is range. With the rotary generator, range will no longer be an issue

  • This MX-30 will be a plug-in-hybrid.

  • Range details are unknown.

  • The MX-30 PHEV arrives next year.

We happen to be test-driving a 2022 Mazda MX-30 this week and so far, the highest indicated range we’ve seen on a full charge is 150 km. For most daily commutes, this represents enough autonomy to get to and from work however for any road trip, the MX-30 falls short. With this in mind, Mazda will introduce the MX-30 PHEV with a rotary generator.

2022 Mazda Mx-30

The return of the rotary engine as a range-extending tool is now official and will be offered as early as next year. Unfortunately, range improvement details are not yet shared however Mazda states that the series plug-in hybrid “combines all the benefits of Mazda’s electrification technology with a rotary generator to charge the battery, providing more range,”

As is, the MX-30 EV is rated at 100 miles (161 km) of range. If we were to interpret Mazda’s words while understanding that there’s a fair amount of room in the electric MX-30’s engine bay for the rotary, the PHEV version should offer twice (three times?) as much range. This will depend on the size of the fuel tank that will need to be fitted.

The PHEV MX-30 is set to arrive in 2022 and will be offered in limited quantities.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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