Mazda and Changan join forces to develop EVs. The first electric model, an SUV is to launch on the Chinese mainland next year. Most of the electronic innards will come from Changan while Mazda will design the outer body.
2019 is the when the new EV sales quota in China will go into force and the rules have carmakers on their toes already. Mazda’s and Changan’s EV allegiance has been forged in said fire sparked by Chinese regulators and so the first model is due next year.
Mazda’s and Changan’s planned electric SUV has not got a name yet but Nikkei reports that the electric drivetrain as well as the battery will be home-made by Changan while Mazda will make the chassis. If it will utilise the platform being developed by the Japanese EV initiative that Mazda founded together with Toyota and Denso is unclear.
The overall production of the new electric SUV is through the Mazda-Changan joint venture and the two companies have been working together since 2012.