“Equipped with Mazda’s e-Skyactiv drive technology, the Japan-based automaker has started production of its MX-30 all-electric SUV.”
Mazda has begun production of their first-ever electric vehicle the MX-30. Set to be built at the Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima, the EV SUV is powered by an e-Skyactiv electric drive that drives front wheels with 107kW synchronised with a motor of 35.5kWh from a lithium-ion battery. Driving range on the SUV is set to be approximately 200km.
The battery can be charged to 80% within 40 minutes using Direct Current (DC) rapid charging. The MX-30’s Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture has been specifically tailored to complement the vehicle’s inherently smooth all-electric driving behaviour. In combination with the new SUV’s comprehensive i-Activsense safety systems, it offers customers a uniquely quiet, seamless driving experience which was a critical brief for the engineers – the EV has to be as great to drive as every other Mazda car.
Similar to other Mazda Millenium models, the MX-30 follows design cues from the brand’s KODO design language. Emphasising beauty as a solid mass, the EV SUV features pillarless doors that hint a spacious and open cabin. Within the electrified SUV are, a driver-centric cockpit, a floating centre console and a 7-inch touchscreen air-conditioning panel. Environmentally friendly interior bits such as cork and door trim fabric are made from recycled plastic bottles.
Other standard interior equipment include a windscreen projecting head-up display, 8-way electric adjustable drivers’ seat, a colour 7-inch TFT dial display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and chrome trim accents. The MX-30 First Edition comes with Mazda Connect, navigation, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the technology tally also includes Mazda Radar Cruise control and a driver’s knee airbag.
Unique styling is also evident from the outside with three-tone designs such as a brilliant black roof, grey upper side panels to contrast a Soul Red Crystal or Ceramic Metallic body colour.