Electric Mazda2 Coming to Japan in 2012


Photo: Michael Graham Richard

One More Automaker Throwing Its Hat in the EV Ring

Mazda is independently developing electric car technology (not licensing from someone else), with plans to commence leasing an EV based on the Mazda2/Demio in Japan in spring 2012. When it comes, it will be Mazda's first battery electric car (they have a hydrogen-powered RX8 that they've been showing around for a few years, though).


Photo: Michael Graham Richard

Mazda said that the electric Mazda2 would have an estimated driving range of about 200 km (124 miles) on a full charge. This would compare favourably with most other EVs and their 100 miles range. The company also said that they were aiming for a price of "less than 3 million yen ($36,350) after subsidies".

No word yet on US availability, but it wouldn't be surprising to see an electric version of the bigger Mazda3 or Mazda6 come over to compete with the Ford Focus electric, Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt, etc.


Photo: Michael Graham Richard

This appears to be a change of strategy for Mazda. They had previously said that they would focus on improving the efficiency of cars with internal combustion engines - both gasoline and diesel - at least until 2015. I guess they can feel that the wind is starting to blow in a different direction...

Via Reuters

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