Mazda announces electrification and connectivity strategies for cars
Mazda Motor Corp. announced electrification and connectivity strategies that build on what the company is calling its human-centered development philosophy. The company says its electrification and connectivity technologies, outlined below, will further enhance the inherent value of the automobile.
Electrification technologies: Mazda says it will strive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and "enhance the joy of driving" by deploying compact, lightweight electrification technologies while further refining the internal combustion engine. The company will introduce electric vehicles as its solution in regions that generate a high ratio of electricity from clean energy sources or restrict certain vehicle types to reduce air pollution.
With a view to achieving a 90% reduction vs. 2010 levels in its corporate average "well-to-wheel" carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, Mazda says it will deploy some form of electrification in all production vehicles by 2030.
Mazda is expecting that by 2030, internal combustion engines combined with some form of electrification will account for 95% of the vehicles it produces, and battery-electric vehicles will account for 5%.
Mazda says it will develop two battery-electric vehicles, one powered solely by battery and another that pairs a battery with a newly developed range extender powered by Mazda's rotary engine. The range extender is designed to recharge the battery when necessary to effectively increase the vehicle's driving range.
The concept behind the rotary-powered range extender is to leverage the rotary engine's small size and high power output to make multiple electrification technology solutions possible via a shared packaging layout.
Taking advantage of the rotary engine's compatibility with gaseous fuels, the rotary-powered range extender is designed to also burn liquefied petroleum gas and provide a source of electricity in emergencies.
Connectivity technologies: In line with its human-centered development philosophy, Mazda plans to develop connectivity technologies that connect people by facilitating the sharing of experiences and feelings through cars.