Mazda Begins Mass Production for the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV
A few weeks ago Mazda started the mass production of the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV in Hiroshima, Japan, which will arrive to the UK in Autumn 2023. This marks the company's first mass-produced car with a rotary engine in 11 years, following the discontinuation of the Mazda RX-8 in June 2012.
The MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with a compact and lightweight internal combustion engine (ICE) which acts as a generator, charging the battery and providing additional power if necessary.
With its 17.8KWh battery and a 53-mile battery electric driving range, the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV is great for daily driving. Moreover, the rotary engine extends its driving range when needed, making it ideal for those who mostly prefer driving electric, but that occasionally also need to travel longer distance.
The MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV is equipped for both AC and rapid DC charging, enabling 3-phase AC charging in approximately 50 minutes and rapid DC charging in about 25 minutes.
Customers will be able to choose from various highly spec grades, including Prime-Line, Exclusive-Line, Makoto, and the Edition R, exclusive to the R-EV.
The Mazda MX-30 range starts at £31,250 for the Prime-Line and Exclusive-Line R-EV, with a £450 premium for the Makoto R-EV. The R-EV, exclusive to the Edition R, will set you back £37,950, but it’s only limited to 400 units in the UK.
From a fuel level perspective, the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV comes with a 50-litre tank allowing for long distance travel without frequent stops. This has been matched to a 17.7 kWh battery which covers 53-mile electric-only driving range.
The MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV offers three driving modes: Normal, EV and Charge. In Normal mode, electric drive is used as long as there is sufficient battery charge. In EV mode, the vehicle exclusively operates on electric power until the battery runs out. Charge mode is available to reserve a specific amount of battery charge, useful for situations requiring zero-emissions running in particular urban environments. The driver can set the desired battery charge level in increments of 10%, and once the battery reaches that level, the rotary engine generator maintains it.
We hope our article has been informative and has given you something to look forward to for Autumn 2023. If you’re interested in reserving your Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, please don’t hesitate to contact your closest Perrys Mazda here.
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