Production of Mazda MX-30 EV Begins in Japan

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【Summary】Mazda has officially started production on its first electric car, the MX-30 crossover.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    May 24, 2020 9:00 AM PT
Production of Mazda MX-30 EV Begins in Japan

Mazda's officially entering the electric car scene with its first battery-powered vehicle. Called the MX-30, the electric crossover will feature an all-electric powertrain and is sized similarly to the automaker's subcompact CX-3 SUV and subcompact CX-30 SUV. While we're looking forward to getting an official answer on whether Mazda will actually bring the electric car to North America, production of vehicle officially started in Hiroshima, Japan on May 19.

Coming To European Dealers Soon

With production underway, Mazda's on track to get the electric vehicle to consumers in Europe this fall. From the little information that Mazda's made public so far, we know that the electric crossover will come with a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 143-horsepower electric motor. 

The automaker claims that the electric crossover managed to have a range of 124 miles on the WLTP cycle. When it comes to charging, Mazda claims the MX-30 will be able to get 80% of its range back in just 40 minutes when plugged into a DC rapid charger.

The MX-30's range puts it well behind options like the Hyundai Kona Electric, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Tesla Model 3, Kia Soul Electric, and Kia Niro Electric. It primarily puts the CX-30 into a segment for urban vehicles with the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, and Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

Since pure electric vehicles with less than 200 miles of range aren't all that popular in the United States, it's highly unlikely that Mazda will bring the MX-30 to our market. Besides Teslas, electric vehicles aren't all that popular in America, either, so the MX-30 would be a part of a segment that's not doing all that well.

What Could Come To America

Instead, hybrid and plug-in hybrids are much more popular options in the U.S. Both of these vehicles offer consumers with more flexibility and usability thanks to gasoline engines that increase overall range. Initial reports indicate that Mazda could offer the MX-30 with a gasoline range-extender, which could even be a rotary engine. If true, that vehicle would do much better on the U.S. market than a pure electric vehicle with less than 120 miles of range in the EPA's cycle.

While American consumers are left waiting to get any information from Mazda on whether it will bring a variant of the MX-30 to our shores, European consumers will be able to purchase the EV later this year. Electric cars, even ones with range that makes them best suited for urban locations, are more popular in Europe than they are in America. 

According to Best Selling Cars, registration of electric vehicles in European countries increased by 82 percent in the first quarter of 2020.

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