Recently, the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV SUV made its debut, combining an electric drive and a rotary engine. The visual changes of the new model are few: only a few logos on the body. But there are many technical changes under the body!

So, the Mazda MX-30 SUV has retained its electric drive: the wheels are always turned by an electric motor powered by a battery. But now the power has become greater (166 hp vs. 145 hp in the regular Mazda MX-30 electric car), though the battery has become smaller (17.8 kWh vs. 35.5 kWh) – the mileage from one full charge of the battery is only 85 km (versus 200 km).

However, this is not a problem – because there is a “range extender” based on a rotary engine! It is used only to rotate the generator and generate electricity, which is sent to the battery, and from there to the electric motor. At the same time, the battery can be charged from an external power source: a regular outlet or a special charger.

All this allows the Mazda company to position the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV model not even as an electric car, but as a PHEV-hybrid. Moreover, they declare for it the total distance of autonomous mileage at the level of 600 km (full charge of the battery and full refueling of the 50-liter tank).

At the same time, the cost of the new version of the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV is expected to be at the same level as the regular electric version of the Mazda MX-30 – about 36,000 euros.