Mazda has unveiled several new electrification and connectivity strategies as part of a “long-term vision for technology development” which it calls “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” (yes, that’s really its name). The company intends to gradually electrify its vehicles while continuing to improve internal combustion technology.
“With a view to achieving a 90-percent reduction versus 2010 levels in its corporate average ‘well-to-wheel’ carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, Mazda will deploy some form of electrification in all production vehicles by 2030,” the company announced in a press release. “By 2030, Mazda expects that internal combustion engines combined with some form of electrification will account for 95 percent of the vehicles it produces and battery electric vehicles will account for 5 percent.”
As part of this plan, Mazda will develop a fully battery-powered vehicle as well as a range-extended one equipped with a rotary engine. This rotary-powered range extender will have a high power-to-size ratio and is supposed to be unusually quiet. It will be powered by liquefied petroleum gas and is designed to be usable as an alternate power source during emergencies.
“They say that the automotive industry is undergoing a once-in-a-century transformation. At Mazda, we see this as an opportunity to create a new car culture,” said Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto. “New trends and technologies in connectivity, autonomy, sharing and electrification offer new possibilities for creating ever more attractive cars.”
Source: Mazda via Green Car Congress