The Japanese firm will use a small battery for a smaller reduction in CO2 emissions.
Company Mazda said that will never build an electric car with the “big battery” because he believes that these cars are less environmentally friendly than even a regular model with a diesel engine, judging by the whole life cycle of energy.
Speaking in Portugal in the framework of the testing of the prototype of a new electric car MX-30, Joachim Kunz, head of development Department and product design for Mazda Europe, said that the firm has examined the CO2 emissions when you create a car “from production to disposal”.
Citing a study conducted Japanese University using the average output of CO2 on the European network, Kunz said that the car with the battery at 95 kWh has a drawback built-in CO2 at the point of sale that the new diesel Mazda Skyactiv will probably be more effective from the point of view of CO2 emissions. during the entire lifespan, even if the battery EV is not replaced at 100,000 miles.
According to Kunz, Mazda has calculated that an electric car with a battery 35 kWh makes more sense for the environment, since approximately 50,000 miles this electric car is starting to show less CO2 emissions during the lifetime compared to the diesel Mazda.
Another claimed advantage of the concept MX-30 is that it has greater range per kilowatt-hour of battery than many competitors, due to the fact that a smaller battery weighs much less, which reduces the amount of energy needed to propel the vehicle.
The production version of the MX-30, which should appear in Europe at the end of this year and in the UK at the beginning of 2021 at a price of 34 000 euros, will have a battery capacity of 35 kW / h the vehicle will cause the electric motor power 141 HP and 195 Nm of torque, and the range will be about 130 miles. Li-ion battery made in Japan by Panasonic.
Most automakers agree that the average European driver makes about 35 miles a day, so Mazda claims that the MX-30 will have sufficient range for most owners, and is really a car with low CO2 emissions throughout the service life.
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In addition Kunz told Autocar that for drivers who need a car with low CO2 emissions and a large power reserve, Mazda is currently developing a new system of range expansion, which uses a compact rotary engine. According to head, it is too early to reveal any technical details about the future of the rotary engine.