The Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV plug-in hybrid provides the same benefits to customers as the fully electric Mazda MX-30 while expanding upon the EV experience. The R-17.8 EV's kilowatt-hour battery allows for a pure electric range of 53 miles, while the car's brand-new 83cc single-rotor gasoline engine doubles as a generator to allow for long-distance travel without worrying about running out of juice. Because the rotary unit of the MX-30 R-EV has no mechanical connection to the wheels, it just serves as a generator, so the electric motor is always driving.
Mazda, which has spent the better part of the last half-century perfecting the rotary engine, decided to use one in this vehicle because of the rotary powerplant's capacity to generate the necessary output while remaining compact, lightweight, and simple to package. The rotary engine fits nicely in the engine compartment next to the generator and the high-output motor. With its 17.8 kilowatt battery and 50-liter fuel tank, this series plug-in hybrid can travel up to 373 miles on a single charge, and its WLTP CO2 output of just 21 g per km guarantees environmental performance at the forefront of its class.
Another perk is that it is compatible with both standard AC charging and rapid DC charging. Although 3-phase AC charging takes around 50 minutes, DC rapid charging may be finished in about 25 minutes, giving customers more options. The Mazda MX-30 R-EV outperforms the fully electric Mazda MX-30 by a hair in acceleration thanks to its 125 kW/170 ps power and three drive modes (Normal, EV, and Charge).
The Mazda e-Skyactiv R-EV is now taking orders for delivery in the summer of 2023. It will be available in the same high-end trim levels as the fully electric e-Skyactiv MX-30: Prime-Lime, Exclusive-Line, and Makoto, with the range-topping Edition R being exclusive to the R-EV. Unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show, this special edition launch model stands out because of its unique color scheme of Jet Black with Maroon Rouge side pillars and a black roof, as well as several other notable characteristics.
In honor of the reintroduction of the rotary engine, only 400 special "Edition R" cars will be imported to the United Kingdom. The Mazda R360 was Mazda's first passenger automobile, and the Maroon Rouge accent color is a nod to the car's roof color. The Edition R logo and the rotary symbol are etched into the front seat headrests, and the mats contain a single white stitch measuring 2.6 millimeters in width to match the rotor apex seal grooves. The key's horizontal sides curve at the same angle as the sides of the rotor, a design detail that also hints at the apex seals.
Rotor badges may be found on the front wings of every Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, while an e-Skyactiv R-EV badge can be found on the trunk lid. The Prime-Line R-EV has dark gray wheels, while the Exclusive-Line, Makoto, and Edition R R-EVs have black diamond-cut wheels. Pricing for the MX-30 BEV model begins at £31,250, while the Prime-Line and Exclusive-Line R-EV variants cost the same. The Makoto R-EV costs £450 more than the standard electric model, and the R-EV-only Edition R, which costs £37,950 and is limited to 400 units in the UK, is the pinnacle of the MX-30 line.
More than 1.9 million rotary engines were manufactured by Mazda between the introduction of the Mazda Cosmo in 1967 and the conclusion of RX-8 production in 2012. Now that it has been updated to suit modern standards, the rotary engine is again being used as an energy generator. The new 8C rotary engine is an 830cc single rotor with a 120mm rotor radius and a 76mm rotor width.
Compared to the RX-8's twin-rotor Renesis engine, this one is over 15 kg lighter thanks to the usage of aluminum. Its Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology enhances efficiency at low rpm and low load operations, while direct fuel injection cuts emissions and boosts fuel economy. The 50-liter fuel tank of the rotary generator enables extended range without making frequent pit stops.
To minimize the battery's environmental impact over its entire life cycle and still provide enough juice for a 53-mile all-electric range, a 17.8 kWh battery was used. The MX-30 R-electric EV's motor, which has a high output of 122 kilowatts (kW) or 166 horsepower (hp), can generate up to 260 Nm of torque, and the new R-EV keeps the same laid-back, precise, and exciting driving experience as the original MX-30.
The MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV has three modes of operation: normal, EV, and charge. Normal mode will provide electric propulsion if the battery is charged enough. Whenever more power is necessary than the battery can provide, such as during acceleration, the rotary engine generator will kick on in response to the amount of accelerator opening. Therefore, the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV ensures that drivers can always have fun behind the wheel with its exceptional acceleration performance.
When the driver wants to maximize the amount of time spent driving solely on electric power, he or she can activate EV mode. Because of this setting, the car will run solely on electric power until the battery dies. However, it is essential to note that the rotary engine will start and develop the energy needed for the car to accelerate as intensely as possible if the driver needs to accelerate suddenly and deliberately depresses the accelerator pedal significantly beyond a certain point.
If you're in an area where you're required to maintain a zero-emissions driving range, for example, you may utilize the Charge mode to reserve as much battery power as you'd like, and drivers can do this in 10% increments if they so choose. When the battery's charge decreases below the reserve level, the generator will kick on, recharge the battery to full, and hold the charge there. Whenever the battery charge is greater than the threshold, the car will function in normal mode until the charge drops below the threshold. The rotary engine generator will then be used to maintain that amount of charge in the battery.
Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK, Jeremy Thomson, said in response to the unveiling of the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV: "Adding the new MX-30 R-EV to our electrified lineup in the UK this summer has me very excited." This automobile is a fantastic illustration of Mazda's pioneering attitude because of its innovative technological approach. It's the best option for people who need a daily driver but also wants the freedom to go on longer trips now and then without worrying about finding a charging station. "Our clientele now have even more options, with the pure electric MX-30 and the new R-EV variant also available." "The electric powertrain is flawless, the handling is exciting, and the cabin is luxurious and well-appointed no matter which model they choose." It's the most recent manifestation of Mazda's "Multi Solution Approach," which seeks to meet the varying needs of its clientele by offering vehicles with enhanced environmental performance via electrification and other ingenious uses of internal combustion engine technology.