Mazda working on a gasoline range-extended electric car

Article by Christian A., 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.

At the 2012 Moscow Motor Show, Mazda launched the entirely remodeled Mazda 6. After the Mazda CX-5, the latest Mazda 6 is the second of its class to adopt the SKYACTIV technology and the "KODO - Soul of Motion" design vocabulary. Mazda never failed to make every effort to deliver stylish, perceptive and spirited automobiles. On top of which, the latest generation cars offer exceptional environmental performance.

Mazda's environmental technology development is directed by its Building Block Strategy which first calls for thorough improvements in the base automotive technologies. Building Block Strategy directed the automobile’s eco-friendly technology development. Firstly, the strategy requires thorough refinement in the base automotive technologies.

The next step adds on these refinements with the successive introduction of electric devices intended to develop fuel economy. The i-stop idling system established with the Mazda 3 in 2009 is the first of its kind. The second device which the latest Mazda 6 debuted is the i-ELOOP. It is Mazda’s one of a kind brake energy renewal system. As soon as the driver takes his foot off the pedal, the capacitor starts charging.

Electric gears all over the automobile can then be powered by the electrical energy stored in the capacitor. In saving the engine from much of the burden of supplying electricity to these gears, more fuel energy goes straight to running the car, in effect, improving fuel-efficiency. Moreover, a variety of cutting-edge dynamic safety technologies has been embraced.

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