Mazda Plans to Go Electric With a Little Help From Toyota

It is no secret that the auto industry believes that electric vehicles are the future of personal mobility. However, various manufacturers across the world have come up with drastically different plans of getting there. While some have decided to embrace EVs entirely, others are moving slowly by working on hybrid models. Mazda seems to be one of the latter, opting to start its electric push with hybrid models with help from Toyota.

According to CarBuzz, Mazda’s plan surrounds a push to have 25 percent of its vehicles be completely electric by 2030. Given that relatively low percentage, it won’t surprise you to learn that the Japanese carmaker is currently working on a brand-new internal combustion engine.

Here is how Mazda plans to go electric and how Toyota fits in

A silver-gray 2020 Mazda CX-30 by a building overlooking tree-covered mountains and hills
2020 Mazda CX-30 | Mazda

If we look at how Mazda plans to go electric, it’s a fairly simple plan. According to CarBuzz, the Japanese carmaker introduces various new models on its new electric architecture starting in 2025 and continuing through 2030. The goal of this push is to have at least 25 percent of its lineup be completely electric.

In the shorter term, CarBuzz reports that Mazda will roll out its Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture sometime between 2022 and 2025. This architecture will reportedly underpin at least five hybrid models, five plug-in hybrids, and three EVs. If you’re wondering where Toyota fits into this equation, CarBuzz reports that some of these new Mazda models will feature Toyota’s hybrid system.

Additionally, the recently announced Corolla Cross will get a Mazda variant which will become one of these new hybrid models. If this seems a bit confusing, all you have to know is that all of the brand’s upcoming models will feature some form of electrification moving forward.

Are there any all-electric Mazdas on sale?

An image of a Mazda MX-5 Miata outdoors.
Mazda MX-5 Miata | Mazda

If you want to buy an electric Mazda today, you can’t just yet. However, the brand’s first EV, called the MX-30, is set to arrive sometime later this year. Unfortunately, it’ll only go on sale in California before hitting other states. According to Car and Driver, this electric crossover is set to house a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor on its front axle. The result is a total power output of around 144 hp.

As Car and Driver points out, the MX-30’s rumored battery pack is relatively small. As a result, it should only offer up to around 100 miles per charge. While this might seem like a small amount, it is more than enough to cover the average commute. However, other competitors like the Bolt EV and Kona Electric already outperform these stats.

Mazda also has plans to go upmarket

A gray-blue 2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition
2021 Mazda 6 Carbon Edition | Mazda

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In the midst of Mazda’s new electric vehicle plan, the carmaker is also unveiling a new SkyActiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture with rear-wheel drive, says CarBuzz. This comes alongside a brand-new inline-six engine which should help push the current Mazda6 and next-gen CX-5 to a higher price point. The goal here seems to compete with what Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz offer at the affordable end of their lineup.

As a result, this new plan doesn’t ditch internal combustion by any means. Instead, it seems to want to integrate it as long as possible.