Mazda is launching its first electric car in the US market, the MX-30 EV, and it is likely going to have a tough time with a starting price of $33,470 and only 100 miles (160 kilometres) of range.
Mazda’s first electric car in the USA will be up for order in California come autumn this year. Mazda has introduced an interesting solution to the range issue: Owners can hire another car, free of charge when they want to take longer trips.
The offer is called the Mazda MX-30 Elite Access Loaner Program. The Japanese company says that MX-30 owners will have “access to experience other vehicles in the Mazda family” for up to 10 days per year for the first three years of ownership.
Mazda launched the MX-30 in Europe in March 2020, with indications that the electric car may eventually get a range extender in the form of a Wankel drive. Just last month it became clear that Mazda is backing away from the range-extender plan. Having trouble getting away from combustion engines, Mazda released the MX-30 as a plug-in hybrid a year ago.
To summarise the technical data, the MX-30 is powered by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, the front-wheel drive 80.9 kW electric motor will deliver an output of 107 kW (143 horsepower) and a maximum torque of 271 Nm (200 lb-ft). The MX-30 is equipped with a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and does 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.7 seconds, top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph).
For charging, Mazda has partnered with ChargePoint to give MX-30 owners a $500 charging credit that can be used for public charging or toward the purchase of an in-home ChargePoint Level 2 charger. Mazda’s comparatively small battery has some advantages: the 35.5 kWh battery can be charged to 80% within approximately 36 minutes with a Level 3: DC 50 kW fast charger, 2 hours and 50 minutes with a Level 2: AC 240V / 30 amps charger, or 13 hours and 40 minutes with a Level 1: AC 120V / 15 amps charger.
In terms of prices, the MX-30 will start at $33,470 plus a $1,175 destination fee. The MX-30 with the Premium Package starts at $36,480, excluding destination. deducting $7,500 of the federal tax credit will be effective $27,145.
For the future, which is arriving at Mazda a little late, the Japanese company is planning its own electric platform. Between 2022 and 2025, the Japanese automaker is planning three purely electric models, five plug-in hybrids and five hybrid models with Toyota technology based on the ‘Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture’. However, in the past 5 years, most carmakers have had to scurry to update their zero-emission ambitions. The same may be true of Mazda in the do-or-die world with climate change.
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