Mazda's electrified future will start with mild hybrid variants of core models being introduced in 2019.
It's not a matter of if, but when the electric car revolution will happen. Volvo was the first mainstream manufacturer to announce that all future models will be electrified from as soon as 2019. Just this week, Jaguar Land Rover announced that all new cars will offer electrification as of 2020. Now, AutoExpress reports that company insiders at Mazda have outlined plans to make all models electrified from 2035 during the Global Tech Forum in Frankfurt.
This means we can expect Mazda's range to consist of mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully electric models in the coming years, but the company has no plans to adopt fuel cell technology. According to AutoExpress, Mazda will introduce mild hybrid variants of core models in 2019. In the same year, Mazda will reveal its first all-electric car as well as a rotary range extender option. Plug-in hybrid vehicles will then be added to Mazda's line-up from 2021. If the idea of Mazda introducing an all-electric car before plug-in hybrids sounds strange, a company executive explained that regulations in key markets influenced the decision.
Don't think Mazda will stop developing internal combustion engines any time soon, though. The automaker is currently working on its new compression ignition gas engine under the SkyActiv-X moniker, due to launch in 2019 powering the new next-gen Mazda3. Mazda is also currently developing autonomous technology, with testing due to begin in 2020. The aim is to have every new Mazda car fitted with self-driving technology by 2025.