Director of the research center of the European office of the Mazda Christian Schulz said that despite the lack of exhaust, car batteries sometimes cause the planet much more harm than a diesel car.
While all automakers compete to increase the capacity of the batteries, which provide a record run without recharging, Mazda produces electric crossover MX-30 with a very modest battery 35.5 kilowatt-hours and power reserve is only 200 kilometers.
It turned out that the problem with this solution is not lack of resources or technologies, according to Schulze, the company responsible attitude to the question of creation of electric cars and did not mindlessly chase the competitors.
In a conversation with Automotive News, he explained that even MX-30 with a small battery for the whole life cycle will emit as much carbon dioxide as petrol hatchback Mazda3. Battery replacement, which may occur already at 160 thousand kilometers, does not solve the situation, but, on the contrary, exacerbates it: despite the absence of harmful emissions during operation, they are present at all stages of production and disposal.
The greater the battery capacity, the bigger will be the emissions. For example, the most common battery capacity of 95 kWh, which is installed, for example, the Tesla Model S and Model X, emit more CO?. In addition, they consume more energy, and battery replacement, respectively, the total emissions will grow even stronger.
Electric crossover Mazda MX-30 made its debut in late October at the motor show in Tokyo. The size is comparable to a car model CX-3. As the power plant uses a 143-horsepower electric motor from the traction battery 35.5 kilowatt-hours. The power reserve of 200 kilometers. According to representatives of Mazda, this figure is significantly higher than the average mileage a European buyer who is 48 kilometers.