Production of Mazda’s first pure electric vehicle begins in Japan

Mazda has started production of its first fully-electric vehicle, the Mazda MX-30 at its Ujina plant in Hiroshima, Japan and the car will reach European dealerships by September 2020.

The MX-30 features Mazda’s new e-Skyactiv1 electric drive technology, powered by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and offers a range of approximately 200 km (WLTP). A synchronous electric motor drives the front wheels and makes a maximum power of 107 kW (145 PS). The battery supports DC fast-charging up to 50 kW, with which it can be charged to 80 per cent in 30 to 40 minutes. Now, the 200 km range may not excite you as much as other EVs, but Mazda has arrived at this number which it believes to be the optimum balance between the driving range and CO2 emissions from LCA (Life-Cycle Assessment) perspective.

The MX-30 follows the ‘Kodo’ design philosophy and one of the most unique features of the MX-30 is the pillar-less suicide doors. The dashboard gets a driver-centric cockpit with a floating infotainment system. There’s also a 7-inch touchscreen air-conditioning panel, a first for Mazda while the fabric on the door trim has been incorporated with fibres from recycled plastic bottles. Standard features for the MX-30 include a head-up display, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheels, 8-way electric adjustable driver’s seat and chrome accents.

An MX-30 First Edition has been announced, available in exclusive colours and gets a lighter cabin with light grey cloth and stone leatherette combined with orange seat stitching. The First Edition features Mazda Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, Mazda Radar Cruise control and a driver’s knee airbag.

The First Edition MX-30, which is limited to 500 units in the UK, is priced at £27,495 and is available for pre-order now.

Mazda MX-30 Specification

Overall L x W x H4,395 mm × 1,795 mm × 1,570 mm
Wheelbase2,655 mm
Powertraine-SKYACTIV
Front/Rear suspensionMacPherson strut/Torsion-beam
Brakes (front/rear/control)Ventilated discs/Solid discs/Regenerative cooperating brakes
Battery TypeLithium-ion battery
Battery capacity35.5 kWh
Motor typeAC synchronous motor
Range200 km (WLTP)
DC Charging time 50 kW30 to 40 mins
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