Mazda working on a gasoline range-extended electric car

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2012

Mazda is relying on its exclusive engine technology – the rotary engine -- as it develops a gasoline range-extended electric car. Mazda chief Takashi Yamanouchi said that the company is focused on using the technology in a plug-in hybrid but a next-gen rotary sports car is still a possibility. At the Moscow Motor Show this week, Yamanouchi said that rotary engines are most efficient at low rpm and when it’s under constant load.

It’s perfect to be used in range-extended engine, comparable to what’s used in the Chevrolet Volt. This system works by acquiring the rotary engine charge batteries, which would then be used to drive the car with the use of an electric motor. It’s almost a sure thing that there would be a plug-in component since the electric capacity is already on-board.

Mazda has been making a lot of noise with its release of new products and technology. It has launched the SkyActiv models, which include the 2012 Mazda3, CX-5 and the 2014 Mazda6.

Mazda is already working on a next-gen Miata in the works. The new plug-in rotary vehicle will come first, making its debut next year. It has yet to be confirmed if the car would be based on a current model or if it will be an all-new model. Mazda has said it will be offered for lease in Japan initially.

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