Mazda is exploring electric and rotary powertrains, which could be seen in its range as early as 2019.
Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, vice-president of the Japanese carmaker’s European Research & Development Centre Matsuhiro Tanaka revealed plans to introduce an electric model, potentially with a conventionally fuelled range extender, within three years.
“We’re looking at introducing a fully electric vehicle, but also at an electric vehicle with a range extender,” he said.
“We will introduce such a vehicle in the future – the near future. By 2019 or 2020.”
He declined to say in which car the electric powertrain would be seen, adding simply: “It could be a new model.”
Tanaka referenced a current Mazda 2 electric concept car, which uses a rotary-powered range extender to double the battery capacity.
“We are now considering how to apply the rotary engine,” he said. “There are several opportunities to apply the rotary engine in the future.”
A spokesperson for Mazda UK explained that while the Mazda 2 had proved itself to be a suitable base for an EV, its first fully electric vehicle in the UK was still open to various options at this stage.