Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, with rotary engine becomes plug-in hybrid

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Mazda’s story is intertwined with the rotary engine, an internal combustion engine with unique and completely different characteristics compared to traditional connecting rod and piston engines. Mazda has used it for years on its top sports cars and has also used it on the legendary 787B, the prototype with which the Japanese manufacturer also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Now, a few years later, this particular engine is back on the market but in the form of a range extender, or as a small thermal unit that works as a current generator. The new MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV will be available, a car defined by the parent company as a plug-in hybrid, i.e. a rechargeable hybrid. The technical basis, however, is that of the Mazda electric car of the same name to which, in fact, the small petrol-powered heat generator has been added.

The electricity produced by the rotary – which generates 74 HP of power – ends up stored in a 17.8 kWh capacity battery, which can also be recharged from an external current source. The accumulator feeds an electric propeller with 170 HP and 260 Nm of torque, good for a shot from 0 to 100 per hour in 9.1 seconds; while the maximum speed is limited to 140 km/h.

The rotary also comes into action when maximum power is required or if you decide to preserve the battery charge level intact. Taking advantage of a rapid 36 kWh system, the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV can go from 20 to 80% of the charge in 25 minutes, while with the 11 and 7.2 kW wallboxes the times rise respectively to 50 and 90 minutes.

The approved average fuel consumption is 1l/100km, with CO2 emissions of 21g/km. The list prices start at 38,150 euros, but a discount is provided for customers who book the vehicle by 31 March which, with state incentives, can reach 8,500.

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