Mazda wants to release three electric car models by 2025 and is working on an electric platform that can be deployed from 2025. The company expects that by 2030 a quarter of all models it offers will be electric. The rest will be ‘electrified’.
The Japanese automaker has not yet provided details on which models will be announced, when they should appear and in which markets they will be available. Mazda says it wants to accelerate electrification so that the company can be carbon neutral by 2050. Until now, the manufacturer has mainly focused on developing highly efficient fuel engines under the Skyactiv name. In 2018, Mazda said BEVs would account for five percent of total car production by 2030.
Now Mazda only has the MX-30 as an electric car. It is a crossover with a relatively small 35.5 kWh battery. A larger battery would be ‘worse for the environment’, based on the average distance car owners travel. Mazda does not indicate whether future EVs will have larger batteries.
Mazda also provides little information about the new platform. The company says it is a platform specifically developed for EVs. This Skyactiv EV Scalable Architecture would be made for EVs ‘of different sizes and types’. Mazda will announce cars using this platform between 2025 and 2030.
Mazda continues to invest in the combustion engine and says it also sees benefits in alternative, renewable fuels, such as biofuels made from microalgae. However, these cars will increasingly be electrified, with Mazda talking about hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Five hybrids and five plug-in hybrids should appear until 2025. Mazda does not count the mild hybrids in these figures
The manufacturer says it wants to invest further in autonomous systems. To this end, Mazda is announcing the Co-Pilot Concept, which should appear in Large Products models in 2022 as Mazda Co-Pilot 1.0. This Co-Pilot system should ‘eventually’ be able to monitor the driver. If a ‘sudden change’ in the driver’s physical condition is detected, the system switches to autonomous driving. The car drives to a ‘safe place’, stops and calls emergency services.
Finally, Mazda will work on a communication standard together with Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu and Toyota. This should be used for next generation in-vehicle communication services for more secure connected services.