Mazda to introduce some form of electrification in 95% of its vehicles by 2030
In a statement released on Tuesday, Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Corp said that it is aiming for all its vehicles to incorporate electrification by the year 2030.
According to the statement, Mazda has set a 2030 target for introducing electrification in some form in all the vehicles it produces, with 5 percent of the cars produced by the company to be all-battery electric vehicles (EVs).
Mazda has confirmed that it has plans underway to launch an all-battery EV on the market in 2020. In its Tuesday announcement, the company revealed that it will be developing two battery EVs.
As per the elaboration by the company about its plans, one of the two battery EVs will be a solely battery-powered vehicle, whereas the other vehicle will boast a combination of a battery and a range extender which will be powered by the company’s rotary engine.
With Mazda asserting that, by 2030, “internal combustion engines combined with some form of electrification will account for 95 percent of the vehicles it produces,” it is apparent that the automaker plans to expand its electrification efforts in order to reduce emissions. Towards that end, an increasing number of automakers worldwide are endeavouring to manufacture more gasoline-hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids and battery EVs in the coming years.
In a recent announcement, German automaker Volkswagen (VW) has revealed that it may have to issue a recall of 124,000 electric and hybrid cars, because a carcinogenic metal -- cadmium -- has been used in battery chargers for VW vehicles.
In a recent report, Fitch Ratings has described German engineering giant Bosch’s new diesel exhaust system as a technology ‘breakthrough’ which may slow automakers’ switch to electric vehicles (EVs) if widely adopted.
The recent display of a new hybrid SUV by Lynk & Company to electric car enthusiasts in Amsterdam is an apparent indication of the fact that China’s ambitious auto industry is set to go global.
In a recent blog post, General Motors (GM) Chief Executive Mary Barra has reaffirmed that the automaker considers electrification to be a “priority,” even though it supports the revision of fuel consumption rules.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in a recent Twitter post that the company decided against the addition of eye-tracking sensors to the Autopilot hardware suite because it found the technology to be ineffective.
According to reports, US electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has plans underway to expand the availability of its Model 3 electric car outside North American market in the coming months.