Mazda’s attempts to keep pace with stricter global emissions standards is changing gears with the Japanese automaker now fully embracing electric vehicles.
Their new EV platform will accommodate a variety of vehicle sizes and body styles. Five hybrids, five plug-in hybrids and three all-electric cars will be launched over the next three years.
Mazda’s MX-30 is their first all-electric SUV, combining sustainable materials and clean engine technology. It’s the first Mazda to achieve an overall five-star rating under new, more stringent Euro NCAP crashworthiness ratings.
Australia is one of the first markets in the world to get the fully electric MX-30 with deliveries starting in August.
It costs $65,490 before on-road charges, and around $70,000 drive-away. This is about $25,000 more than the equivalent mild-hybrid petrol version of the car released earlier this year.
The 35.5-kilowatt lithium-ion battery can be charged up to 80 percent capacity within 36 minutes on a direct-current fast charger. Expect a range of 200 kilometres between charges.
The front-drive all-electric MX-30 is powered by a single 144-hp electric motor.
Despite the seemingly low horsepower rating, it still delivers decent low-speed acceleration.
The MX-30’s cabin uses natural and sustainable materials such as cork and breathable upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles.
Cork is a highly renewable resource and a nod to Mazda’s origin as a cork manufacturer more than 100 years ago.
A floating centre console frees up space for storage behind an 18-centimetre screen that provides vehicle settings and adjusts the car’s climate-control system.
A secondary dashboard display panel controls the audio system, navigation and backup camera.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connect instantly. Doors can be locked and unlocked using an app.
Collision-mitigation and lane-keeping technology help reduce the risk of an accident.
Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert boosts safety.
passenger safety is scheduled for release in 2022.
Mazda’s technology monitors a driver’s condition at all times and autonomously brings the vehicle to a halt in a safe location if it registers a dangerous situation.
Over-the-air updates and mobility as a service functionality will feature heavily in future Mazda vehicles.
Mazda expects their entire lineup to have some degree of electrification by 2030, with electric cars representing 25 percent of that total.
Volkswagen and Ford plan to have electric vehicles account for 50 to 100 percent of their sales by 2030.
General Motors, Volvo and Jaguar all announced plans to phase out petrol cars in the coming years.
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