Mazda unveiled its first battery-electric vehicle, the MX-30, at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Now the company plans to bring it to the US market, beginning with California, in fall 2021. It’s scheduled to roll out in additional states in 2022.
The MX-30 is built on Mazda’s Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture platform. It features a 35.5 kWh battery and a front-wheel drive electric motor with output of 107 kW (144 hp) and maximum torque of 271 N·m (200 lb-ft). Level 2 charging happens at 6.6 kW, and CCS fast charging at 37 kW (according to testing by InsideEVs).
“Mazda is taking a multi-solution approach to electrification,” said Jeff Guyton, President of Mazda North American Operations. “The battery-powered MX-30 will begin the introduction of additional electrified models, including a series plug-in hybrid with a rotary generator for MX-30, a plug-in hybrid for our new large platform, and a traditional hybrid for our new American-made crossover.”
“The rotary generator will mark the return of our unique rotary powertrain,” Guyton said. “This technology is being engineered for nearly silent operation and will replenish the battery rather than drive the wheels.”