The Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, a plug-in hybrid model powered by a rotary engine, made its international debut at the Brussels Motor Show. The Mazda MX-30, the company's first electric car to reach series production, was unveiled in 2020 and is the spearhead of Mazda's electrification initiative, with a mild hybrid variant subsequently joining the range in some European markets.
The Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV is a plug-in hybrid model that continues to provide consumers the same additional value as the classic MX-30 model while also providing new alternatives for utilizing the automobile, as we are discussing an electric vehicle. The Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV has an electric range of 85 kilometers, which is sufficient for daily commuting, and the ability to use a generator for long-distance driving. An electric motor covers the entire distance per assembly.
Mazda chose to power this generator using a rotary engine, using the benefit that this type of engine provides: achieving the requisite efficiency with a small power unit. In its compartment, the newly built 8C rotary engine is housed beside the generator and a high-power engine. Together with the 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 50-liter petrol tank, this small build creates a one-of-a-kind plug-in hybrid system with a total range of up to 600 km.
Furthermore, the Mazda MX-30 R-EV caters to individuals who lead an active lifestyle, with features such as conventional 2 or 3-phase AC charging, DC rapid charging, a 1500 W power outlet, and three driving modes to accommodate varied driving situations: Normal, EV, and Charge. Besides, with a powerful 125 kW electric motor, the model outperforms the Mazda MX-30 BEV in driving performance.
The model seen at the Brussels Motor Show is part of the limited Edition R series, which will be available when the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV is released. The Red Maroon Metallic body of the Edition R is a recreation of the roof color of Mazda's first vehicle, the Mazda R360 Coupe. The interior and the rest of the body are finished in black. The R Edition also features one-of-a-kind design elements, including a rotor-shaped symbol in relief on the floor mats and seat headrests.