Mazda cancels rotary engine development for MX-30

Shaun · Jun 30, 2021 10:41 AM

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Mazda has cancelled the development of a range extender MX-30 that uses a rotary engine, reports Nikkei. This comes as a surprise after it has been widely reported that the Mazda MX-30 electric vehicle (EV) will be available with a rotary range extender.

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A range-extender engine is basically a small petrol-burning generator that creates electricity to either drive the electric motors or recharge the battery.

Also read: Mazda rotary engine is back, but it won't be in a sports car...

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Since the Mazda MX-30 EV offers a relatively short 200 km of range using a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the range extender was thought to eliminate consumer’s range anxiety.

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The report mentioned that the policy has switched to focusing on the development of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid vehicles (HEV). It appears that the emphasis was placed on reducing the high-voltage battery capacity to keep the vehicle price down.

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A PHEV would typically require a larger combustion engine and fuel tank than a range extender EV, which minimizes the capacity for the high-voltage battery.

In general, PHEVs have a battery capacity of around 10 kWh. This is said to reduce the price and make the MX-30 more affordable.

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However, the report also mentioned that the rotary engine is still planned for “small” cars, and there are no plans for a rotary engine in “medium” to “large” cars. So, it seems that rotary engine lives to fight another day.

Also read: Let's take a look at Mazda’s electrified rotary engine, launching in 2022

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