Published on May 22nd, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mazda MX-30 EV production starts In Ujina Japan
At last years Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda showed its first every electric vehicle (EV) and it was a surprise as Mazda until had been avoiding the electric vehicle movement as they worked to deliver very fuel efficient Skyactiv engines. This all new comes side by side looking very much like the Mazda CX-30 Crossover but with some unusual features like rear freestyle doors which were used in the Mazda RX-8 and eco-friendly materials in the cabin which are replacing real leather with a vegan alternative. There is also environmentally sourced cork featured in the floating center console which provides creative storage space.
Mazda has just announced that the new MX-30 Electric Vehicle (EV) has entered production at its Ujina plant in Japan. The new model is Mazda’s first EV and is promising to bring a fun driving experience to the electric car market with its funky new crossover.
The MX-30 features a 35.5kWh battery, which Mazda claims will allow for a 124-mile electric range which means that it has just the right range for the average urban motorists.
Mazda has already confirmed pricing for a new ‘First Edition’ model, which will be limited to just 500 units. Highlights on this version includes the choice of free metallic paint colours, along with a head-up display, electric driver’s seat and adaptive cruise control to name but a few features. Reservations for the MX-30 First Edition start from £27,495 in the United Kingdom which is about RM146,000 before local taxes and handling costs are included.
PRESS RELEASE: Two days ago on the 19th May 2020, Mazda began production of the all-new Mazda MX-30, the company’s first all-electric vehicle, at Ujina plant No. 1 in Hiroshima, Japan. A stylish and versatile SUV, the MX-30 has been created in response to the increasingly high demand for Electric Vehicles (EVs) amongst the environmentally conscientious in Europe.
The new MX-30 is equipped with e-Skyactiv1 – Mazda’s new electric drive technology. The front-wheel-drive powertrain combines a 107kW (145PS) AC synchronous electric motor with a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery, equipping the new SUV with a driving range of approximately 200km (WLTP combined).
Sized to provide the optimum balance between a driving range which gives customers peace of mind and CO2 emissions from an LCA (Life-Cycle Assessment) perspective, the system battery can be charged to 80% within approximately 40 minutes using DC rapid charging.
The MX-30’s Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture has been specifically tailored to complement the vehicle’s inherently smooth all-electric driving behaviour. In combination with the new SUV’s comprehensive i-Activsense safety systems, it offers customers a uniquely quiet, seamless driving experience which was a critical brief for the engineers – the EV has to be as great to drive as every other Mazda car.
The latest expression of Mazda’s award-winning Kodo design philosophy reinforces this new direction for Mazda in powertrain technology development. Its uncompromisingly simple styling emphasises the MX-30s beauty as a solid mass, while centre-pillarless freestyle doors and a framed glasshouse hint at the open, spacious feeling of the cabin.
The ergonomically excellent interior features a driver-centric cockpit, a floating centre console, Mazda’s first seven-inch touch-screen air-conditioning panel, and a range of new, environmentally friendly materials such as cork and door trim fabric incorporating fibres from recycled plastic bottles.
Available to order now, the MX-30 will arrive in European dealerships from autumn 2020 onwards.
Note 1: MX-30 WLTP electric power consumption: 14,5-19,0 kWh/100km; Range: 200-262 (city); WLTP CO2 emissions: 0 g/km
Note 2: MX-30 NEDC electric power consumption: 16,0 kWh/100km (combined); Range: 237-298 (city); NEDC CO2 emissions: 0 g/km