HIROSHIMA, Oct. 22, 2019 /CNW/ – Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled its first mass-production electric vehicle, named Mazda MX-30, at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.1
A new addition to Mazda’s car lineup, the MX-30 is the automaker’s third new-generation model. Aiming to offer an experience that lets customers relax and be themselves and deepens the bond between car and owner, the model offers a creative time and space that invites new ways of using a vehicle.
Under the Car-as-Art ethos, the styling of MX-30 aims to raise its artistic value and expand the expressive range of Mazda’s Kodo—Soul of Motion design language. Based on a concept of “Human Modern,” the design stays grounded in the beautifully honed, handcrafted forms of Kodo, yet aligns itself with changing values and new lifestyles.
Spaces in and around the center console give the cabin an open feel, and environmentally conscious materials such as cork and fabrics made from recycled materials are used in ways that bring out their natural appeal, creating a comfortable interior space. In addition, the MX-30 adopts freestyle doors2 so customers can invent new and creative ways of using the car.
In line with the human-centric philosophy, Mazda engineers were determined to deliver the same Jinba-ittai driving joy that every Mazda offers in the EV as well. The model adopts Mazda’s new electric-drive technology, e–Skyactiv, and combines outstanding response with smooth dynamic behavior to achieve performance that drivers can enjoy naturally.
“In any era, Mazda wants people to experience exuberant moments in life through cars,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO at the show. “We will continue striving to deliver creative products and technologies so our customers will love and hold onto their Mazda for a long time.”
The strongest argument for buying a used EV (or any used vehicle) is that re-using existing products conserves both your money and the world’s finite resources.
Think about the energy it took to build a car – from mining its constituent minerals to the molten steel and aluminum that formed its frame and body.
Consider the electricity used to power those factories, forges, and mills. Think about the transportation stream – the locomotives, ocean-going freighters and semi tractor-trailers that hauled the vehicle to your locale.
There’s a large expenditure of resources – energy used and emissions released – just to get that car to the point of sale.
DEFINITIONS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
|Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)||A car that runs purely on electric power, stored in an on-board battery that is charged from mains electricity (typically at a dedicated chargepoint).|
|Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)||A car with a combination of a traditional internal combustion engine and a rechargeable battery, allowing for either pure electric-powered driving or extended range from a combination of the petrol engine and electric motor.|
|Plug-in vehicle (PiV)||A blanket term for any vehicle with a plug socket, including BEVs and PHEVs.|
|Electric vehicle (EV)||Can be used as a catch-all term for BEVs, PHEVs and REx, but often used to refer to pure electric vehicles i.e. BEVs.|
|Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)||A 100% fossil fueled hybrid car. The most common is the Toyota Prius. A small battery is charged through regenerative braking that generates some electric power in tandem to a combustion engine, but all energy originates from petrol.|
|Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV)||A zero-emissions vehicle, or ZEV, is a vehicle that emits no exhaust gas from the onboard source of power. Harmful pollutants to the health and the environment include particulates, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, ozone, lead, and various oxides of nitrogen.|
An EV is an electric vehicle that can be driven using electricity without relying on any combustible fuels.
ICE stands for Internal Combustion Engine, like gas, or diesel, etc.
Recycling facilities for Lithium batteries have been operating since the 1990s. Many depleted EV batteries serve a second life in home or commercial storage before finally being dismantled for recycling at end of life.
Basic EVs have a top speed of about 150km/h. Acceleration is brisk and quick, because EVs have all of their torque available from a stop, unlike ICE vehicles which have to speed up in RPM and shift gears to accelerate the vehicle. Dollar for dollar, EVs are more pleasant and fun to drive than their ICE counterparts.
That depends on the size of the battery, it’s condition, and driving conditions. Much like a cell phone battery, the demands placed on the battery affect how many hours it will run before requiring a recharge. Current range varies from 60km – 500km on a single charge. Daily range is double or triple that number due to the ease of destination and opportunity charging. Some heavy commercial use may require several charges daily. These occur during times when the vehicle is sitting.
Destination charging means using public charge stations when you and your vehicle have reached your destination, like your work place, or a hotel, airport, B&B, etc. Opportunity charging means using public charge stations at parkades, the mall, the grocery store, etc. If you’re parking for 45 minutes, why not charge for 45 minutes?
The battery is not designed to last any particular driving distance. Modern EV batteries are engineered to last ten years of service, and have about 70% battery capacity remaining at that time. Some will last longer, some will expire earlier, depending on type of use, geographic location, and the driver’s charging habits.
Regular service includes wheel rotation, brake and suspension inspections, wiper blade replacement, wiper fluid top up, lubrication of door hinges, cabin air filter replacement, etc. These service items can be carried out at any competent mechanical facility. Yearly battery health reports are encouraged, at supporting franchised dealers.
Japanese manufacturers typically include a 3 year comprehensive and a 5 year powertrain warranty from new. European manufacturers typically include a 4 year comprehensive warranty from new. Used EV’s carry the balance of the original warranty. Many carry a separate “loss of capacity” warranty. Our staff can supply more detailed information regarding specific vehicles.
It is a hybrid electric vehicle that uses batteries that can be recharged by plugging it in to an external source of electric power. These cars have both an electric motor as well as an internal combustion engine. Their all electric range varies between 20-90Kms depending on the size of the battery.
It is an electric vehicle equipped with an auxiliary power unit known as a “range extender”. This small ICE powers a generator which charges the EV’s main battery. When battery power is depleted, the ICE range extender will power the vehicle until as long as there is fuel in the tank.
No, most newer vehicles don’t come with a spare tire. Instead they are equipped with a compressor and a bottle of tire sealant to “repair” the tire so you can get to a proper facility.
Yes, the 12v battery is used to power the accessories in the vehicle such as the lights, audio and heated seats, power windows, and heater.