although Mazda’s MX-5 Miata sports car Lightweight, small, and easy to use gasoline, but these positive effects on the environment are not enough to prevent automakers from eventually turning to full electrification. But this does not mean that Miata will go anywhere. In the media technology briefing on the company’s “medium-term technology and product policy”, the chief technology officer revealed that by 2030, Mazda roadsters will be included in the full range of electrification plans.
The message passed Kamura News, Japanese publications listened to the briefing. Mazda plans to be fully electrified by 2030-25% of its models are fully battery-electric, and 75% of models use hybrid or PHEV technology-which is similar to many other automakers making similar commitments at about the same time in the future same.
Mazda has confirmed that the executive did not use the wrong talking points, and issued an official statement summarizing its Miata plan: “Mazda is seeking to electrify the MX-5 Miata, with a view to making all models have some form of Electrification. We will strive to make it a lightweight, affordable, and open two-seater sports car to meet customer needs.”
The important part here is that Mazda intends to allow Miata to survive the transition to electrification. But “electrification” is an ambiguous term-does Mazda plan to produce an all-electric Miata? Probably not. We are not sure if there is a battery technology that allows a light and compact battery to provide decent driving range and performance in a Miata-sized package. Maybe it will be in ten years, but now? Not so much.
Hybrid vehicles seem more likely. The electrification of gas engines provides the impact of low-speed torque, minimizes weight loss, and extends engine shutdown times during traffic jams or red lights. This will allow Mazda to keep the Miata’s small size, light weight, and-most importantly-full of the kind of “zoom-zoom” that only high-speed small gas engines can provide. Mazda’s powertrain product portfolio currently includes a 24-volt mild hybrid system, a 48-volt version and the upcoming electric vehicle rotary range extender. Among them, one of the two hybrid systems is the most likely choice.
The good news is that despite all these uncertainties, Miata seems to have a future in Mazda, even if the automaker is preparing to electrify its product line in 2030.