Mazda Announces Plans to Launch 13 Electrified Vehicles by 2025
【Summary】Mazda joins the rest of the automotive industry by announcing plans to come out with 13 new electric and hybrid vehicles by 2025.
Mazda's first all-electric vehicle, the subcompact MX-30, isn't even on sale yet, and the Japanese brand is announcing some major additions. The automaker recently announced a large-scale electrification strategy that includes plans for more electrified models and a dedicated EV platform shortly.
Mazda Changes Its Tune
Unlike the majority of other automakers that have introduced hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles, Mazda decided to focus on increasing the efficiency and emissions of its internal-combustion engines. While that's worked, Mazda has now decided that it needs to take things to a new level and make the switch to electrified powertrains. Not only that, but Mazda is making the switch incredibly quickly.
Mazda recently announced that it would launch five hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, and three all-electric vehicles between 2022 and 2025. The plans signify Mazda's goal to electrify its entire lineup by 2030. The Japanese automaker will focus on a few key markets that include United States, Japan, China, and Europe. It didn't specify whether every new model it comes out with will be sold globally, but that seems unlikely, as American consumers prefer far different electric vehicles from other markets.
The automaker's new EV platform will be called the Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture. Mazda plans to use the platform for the three EVs, but it can also accommodate hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The platform can also accommodate "various vehicle sizes and body types."
Why Mazda Is Making Changes
The latest push to come out with electrified vehicles is part of Mazda's plan to become carbon neutral. That's a goal that General Motors and Porsche also have. At the moment, Mazda isn't taking the same step as Volvo, Mini, and Jaguar in providing a timeline for when it will stop building internal combustion engines.
Mazda's goals seem incredibly lofty. The automaker only has one electric vehicle in the pipeline with the MX-30. The electric SUV will go on sale later this fall starting in California before expanding to other states. Mazda still hasn't provided an official range for the MX-30, but we estimate that the SUV will be able to travel roughly 100 miles thanks to a 35.5-kWh battery pack. On the power front, the EV will come with one 144-horsepower electric motor. The MX-30 will also be available in a plug-in hybrid version with a rotary range extender.
For an automaker that only has one electrified vehicle that will be on sale shortly, introducing 13 more electrified vehicles in four years seems like a difficult task. As one of the few mainstream automakers that continue to put driver enjoyment high up on the priority list, we're excited to see what kind of electrified vehicles Mazda comes out with, but are wary of how much range the cars will have.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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