Mazda’s Hiroshima plant is now solar-powered – Even the MX-30’s batteries are charged by the sun!

CY Foong · Jul 14, 2021 04:20 PM

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As car companies approach ways to present themselves as more environmentally-friendly, Mazda is doing something a little bit different from just committing to an all-EV line-up. One of their plants in Japan will not only be powered by nature’s giant ball of light but its EV batteries will also be charged by the sun.

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An MX-30 battery pack being charged by the sun

That’s right, apart from supplying electricity to the entire Hiroshima plant, the power generated by the newly-installed solar panel will also be used to charge the batteries of all Mazda MX-30 EV models produced there.

Also read: Are electric vehicles (EV) truly cleaner than combustion-engine cars?

The solar power system boasts an output of 1.1 MW of electricity and is part of Mazda’s efforts to promote green manufacturing lines and offices.

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An MX-5 rolling off the Hiroshima Plant

The Hiroshima plant is the first Mazda plant to be powered by solar energy and is home to a few models including the CX-30, CX-9, and the MX-5. It is also Mazda’s oldest plant with production first started in 1931.

Mazda says it will strive to introduce and use green electricity in its efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Meanwhile, the MX-30 was supposed to arrive in Malaysia in Q1 2021. Obviously, that has passed and the unique crossover is nowhere to be seen. The Malaysia-bound MX-30 was initially rumoured to be assembled locally (CKD) with a hybrid model only offered at launch. Would you want this hybrid SUV to make it here?

Also read: Bermaz to launch 3rd CKD SUV, Mazda MX-30 Hybrid in Malaysia by Q1 2021

CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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