Rotary electric car? Mazda, what are you doing?

Rotary electric car? Mazda, what are you doing?


The engineers of the Japanese brand plans to use in the new crossover Mazda MX-30 electric motor and a small rotary engine. The latter is necessary for increasing the overall range of speed which the car can go on one full charge.

According to a new announcement from the automaker, electric crossover Mazda MX-30 will go on sale in Europe in 2021 and, perhaps, get a rotary engine that will play an auxiliary role, whose task will be to increase the General reserve. The company is currently “looking back” and seriously considering the possibility of return of a rotary-piston engines Wankel.

“Not so long ago, the company has developed a prototype electric model Mazda2 with a small single engine that would be used as an extra, thanks to which increased the total reserve. Such a system can be Preminin and the serial version of the crossover Mazda MX-30. The start of sales of brand new cars already planned for this year.”


New crossover MX-30 has a motor capacity of 143 horsepower and uses a relatively small battery 35.5 kW*h. the Reserve would amount to only 209 kilometers.

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With such a small value of the reserve is easy to understand why Mazda engineers can work to increase this figure. The powerplant in the concept Mazda2 used a single engine with a displacement of 0,333 liters. He produced 38 horsepower, and the entire power unit weighed 100 pounds. The fuel tank is only 10.5 liters. According to estimates, this system can more than double the battery capacity is 20 kWh.

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