• Reece Posted: 1/20/2009 2:33pm PST


    I'm with Mazda not sure all of this mania over electric vehicles is the true future of the automobile. There are still big issues about the cost, weight and performance of batteries to say they are definetely the future.
    Mazda is smart, let all the other spend billions of dollars on research, if they get it right Mazda can always levereage Ford for the technology, if they are all wrong Mazda saves a bucket of money.
    At the moment it is at least focused on what it wants to be, not a car for every market but one's that fuflfil its zoom-zoom image. It's a smart play but not one all manufacturers can rely on.

  • Larz Posted: 1/20/2009 4:20pm PST

    "Range-extend Vehicle?"

    This belies earlier news releases from 2008
    that said Mazda was working on a range-extended
    vehicle similar to Chevy's Volt, except Mazda
    would be using a small Wankel Rotary for the

  • Larz Posted: 1/20/2009 4:28pm PST

    "Re: Mazda REV"

    Here's a newslink to Mazda's plans for a
    range-extended vehicle. It says they have been in
    testing, already: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/08/mazda-electric-car-series-hybrid-gm-volt.php

  • Richard Posted: 1/20/2009 5:16pm PST


    Good call, Larz. With a few significant word changes, the engine described on Treehugger could be the same one described in the piece I cited. Both are hybrids engines, currently testing on Japanese roads....

  • Paul Posted: 1/21/2009 2:47pm PST

    "Mazda = Ford"

    Not forgetting Ford still own a significant % of Mazda and the Ford Focus and Mondeo are simply badge engineered Mazdas. As Ford have committed themselves to a BIG move into battery EVs in this size range of vehicle on new platforms, if the new Ford EVs are based on Mazda then Mazda can easily enter the EV market using the same components. The current Ford EV demo vehcile is a Focus which is basically a Mazda 3.