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It's official, by 2018 we will see a Mazda2 EV. I think it's way too late to introduce a EV Mazda2 then but better late than never.

I would be much more happier if a Mazda2 EV was out in a couple years.

Here's an article on it:




With California’s push for automakers to offer an emissions-free vehicle or risk the ability to sell anything in the state fast approaching, Mazda has announced plans to comply with the regulation.

This Spring Mazda will begin testing of an all-electric version of its subcompact Mazda2 (known as the Demio in its home market of Japan), according to Automotive News, taking the first step towards developing a production-ready vehicles that will eventually come to the U.S.

When the Mazda2 EV arrives it is expected to weigh-in at about 220 lbs heavier than the light-weight Mazda2 gas car, utilizing lithium-ion batteries that make possible an impressive 124-mile total range and a top speed of 87 miles per hour. A quick charge is expected to take just 30 minutes, while a full charge will take eight hours with a 200-volt slow charge.

As for when to expect the car, it’s a good ways off, “At least by 2018, but we will try to do it earlier,” said Mitsuru Fujinaka, the chief engineer for the car at Mazda.

The engineer went on to very candidly explain why Mazda felt the need to pursue this car at this time, “Sooner or late, we will have to have these electric vehicles. Otherwise, we can’t sell in California. that is the biggest reason for pursuing this.”

Fujinaka’s hesitation likely stems from the fact that Mazda faces a costly conundrum: the newly introduced Skyactiv body architecture – introduced with the intent of shedding weight and improving fuel economy and driving dynamics – will not be compatible with an electric vehicle. As a result, Mazda will have to develop some sort of unique platform to accommodate the low volume Mazda2 EV in order to comply with California’s regulations.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/mazda-mazda2-ev.html
 

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wowww how long do they expect to keep the mazda2 in production. we have to wait 6 years just to get a EV model, thats way too long. I know mazda is going for a diff approach and focuing on fuel efficient gasoline cars atm rather than hybrids and electric vehicles but, 6 years.... common now.
 
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