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Senior official confirms MX-5 part of Mazda’s electrification plans
The next Mazda MX-5 will be electrified, the automaker has confirmed. Going forward, the iconic sports car will add at least some sort of electric power, though exactly what has not been revealed.
“Mazda is seeking to electrify the MX-5 Miata in an effort to have all models feature a form of electrification by 2030. We will work hard to make it a lightweight, affordable, open two-seater sports car in order to meet the needs of customers,” the automaker confirmed to Motor1 in response to a query following a report from Kuruma News.
The first comment about the electrification of the sports car came during a media presentation in Japan, as reported by Kuruma News. R&D senior executive Ichiro Hirose said that the MX-5 (called the Roadster in Japan) would be part of the company’s “Scope of Electrification in 2030.”
Mazda’s plan includes a portfolio that sees 25 percent of its vehicles fully electric by 2030 with the rest some sort of hybrid. Either 24V mild hybrid, 48V hybrid, or PHEV drivelines are all in the works for various Mazda vehicles.
When asked of those would be found in the MX-5, Ichiro was evasive and didn’t give a firm answer in any direction. The Miata’s nature has always been to be as light as possible, so a hybrid would seem to better fulfill that than a full EV. It would still likely be heavier than the current car, regardless which form of electrification is added.