Mazda Plans to Electrify Most Cars by 2035

Internal combustion hold-out Mazda is planning to electrify, by 2035, according to a new report.

Mazda is currently having great success when it comes to emissions with its gas-powered cars and CUVs. Mazda’s full-line fuel economy is the highest in the industry and the company’s 30.7 miles per gallon 2016 average beats number-two Honda by 2.0 miles per gallon and beats the industry average by 5.1. But even Mazda has now said that it will need to move to electrification.

The automaker’s plan is to start electrification by 2019, with a hybrid and a full EV. The ramp-up will continue into the 2030s.

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“The majority of cars will feature electric drive technology, in combination with (a) combustion engine,” Mazda spokeswoman Nao Nohmi told CNNMoney.

Mazda is just the latest in a series of manufacturers, including Volvo and Volkswagen to announce plans to electrify their lineup. But automakers are increasingly stating that internal combustion is necessary, at least in the near future. Most recently, Volkswagen stated as part of the company’s roadmap E plan that it was planning to add particulate filters to gas cars to help further reduce emissions.

But Mazda isn’t walking away from its gas engine development. Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 plan, announced just last month, talked about the company’s intent to decrease carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. As part of the plan, Mazda said that it was going to work to improve the internal combustion engine to lower emissions.

“We still believe that we will need the combustion engine in the future,” said Nohani.

That includes the automaker’s prototype for a compression ignition gas engine, one that can use gasoline nearly as efficiently as a diesel. That engine, dubbed Skyactiv-X, is also expected by 2019.

CNN Money


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