Mazda Will Launch First Battery-Electric Vehicle in 2020

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Akira Marumoto, Mazda President and CEO
Akira Marumoto, Mazda President and CEO | Photo: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images for Mazda Motor Co.

Mazda is one of the very few remaining manufacturers that does not have an electrified vehicle in its lineup. According to some, Mazda’s first BEV arrives next year.

We’ve heard and reads loads one Mazda’s SkyActiv initiatives but next to nothing concrete on how they will meet tougher emissions targets in Europe in 2020 and 2021 without any electrified vehicle in their lineup. Apparently, the first such mass-produced battery-electric vehicle to bear the Mazda logo is expected as early as next year.

Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto, in an interview with Automotive News Europe, explained that they are far off their emission targets because the Mazda CX-5 is their best-selling product. They are also hard at work putting the finishing touches on their Skyactiv-X engines which will emits less than 100g/km of CO2. The corporate average currently sits at 135.200g/km of CO2, which is in a word disastrous. By 2021, according to the norms, that number needs to no more than 95g/km of CO2.

There are many other factors at work against Mazda including the decline in diesel powertrain take rates. In order to fast forward progress, Mazda teamed up with Toyota to jointly develop an EV platform a while back. This combined effort will bear fruit later on but, as early as next year, Mazda will launch its own EV next year.

There are no hints as to what type, or specifically in what segment, this new EV will fall. Odds are it should be a small SUV. As well, there’s no word if it will be sold in North America or if it will be a Europe/Japan only vehicle.

In the interview, Marumoto-san elaborates somewhat on the future of their Skyactiv-X engine technology and how this technology may be applied to diesel engines in the future. As well, he notes and confirms what was already known and that is that all Mazda vehicles will receive some form of electrification before long.

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