About 95% of Mazda vehicles sold in 2030 will be powered by some form of electrification, and the company will also revive its rotary engine for use as a range-extender for one of two planned battery-electric vehicles, according to the automaker.
The implementation of electric power should reduce Mazda's carbon-dioxide emissions by 90% by 2050. Mazda, which is working from its "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030" strategy, doesn't offer any electric vehicles today.
Mazda will offer mostly hybrid versions of its vehicles, and will develop two battery-electric vehicles. Mazda will offer versions of those vehicles that are equipped with a gasoline-powered, small rotary engine that will enhance the range of the vehicles. Mazda produced vehicles with the engine from the early 1960s to 2012, when it discontinued the RX-8. It was also known as a Wankel engine. The rotary engine's smaller size and higher power output give it certain advantages, and the engine is compatible with gaseous fuels.
"They say that the automotive industry is undergoing a once-in-a-century transformation," said Akira Marumoto, Mazda's president and chief executive. "At Mazda, we see this as an opportunity to create a new car culture. New trends and technologies in connectivity, autonomy, sharing and electrification offer new possibilities for creating ever more attractive cars."