Japanese automaker Mazda has revealed its future plans for electric and autonomous vehicles at the Global Tech Forum in Frankfurt.
Mazda has announced that by 2035 its entire product portfolio will be electrified in some way. The range will include plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The company has no plans to develop fuel cell vehicles.
Starting from 2019, Mazda will offer the mild-hybrid versions of its vehicles. The automakers first all-electric vehicle is also set to be launched in 2019 which will also have a rotary range extender option. The EV will be showcased in 2018.
In 2021, Mazda will introduce the plug-in hybrid vehicles. Mazda's Managing Executive Officer for powertrain development, Ichiro Hirose states that the decision to make an EV before a plug-in hybrid makes more sense with the regulations in key markets.
In 2019, Mazda will also launch compression ignition petrol engines under the SKYACTIV-X brand. The automaker claims that the new petrol engines will deliver 30 percent more torque and also 20 percent more mileage.
Mazda is also working on a new-generation diesel engine named as SKYACTIV-D which will be introduced in 2020. The company is also developing autonomous technology and aims to begin testing self-driving cars in 2020.
With the implementation of stricter emission norms around the world, the automakers are shifting towards hybrid and electric vehicles. In this regard, Mazda has decided to electrify its entire product portfolio by 2035.