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    Mazda To Launch Their First EV In 2019

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      Even Mazda is getting into the electric vehicle game

    Mazda is the latest automaker to announce that it will be building an electric vehicle. Speaking with CarAdvice, Mazda's head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara revealed that the company would be building an EV, but for only select markets such Norway.

    “Of course we need EVs. As you know, in Norway, the complete energy source is water… this means that EV is much better for CO2 in Norway. But not in United States or China… Therefore we are focusing on ICE, but some regions we need EV, so therefore in 2019 [or] in that time frame we will introduce EV where it is needed in the world.”

    For other markets, Mazda will keep their focus on internal-combustion engines since a majority of consumers are still buying them up.

    It is likely that Mazda will use one of their current models as a base for their new EV to help keep costs down. Fujiwara explained they have only started work on it and there is the possibility of bringing in Toyota as a partner for this model.

    Source: CarAdvice 

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    Probably a re-badge of a Toyota EV. Over all, I expect more people to enjoy the quietness of an EV than a petro auto and the significant reduction in maintenance cost.

    I bet Mazda will rethink EV for the US once they see the BOLT take off.

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    7 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Probably a re-badge of a Toyota EV. Over all, I expect more people to enjoy the quietness of an EV than a petro auto and the significant reduction in maintenance cost.

    I bet Mazda will rethink EV for the US once they see the BOLT take off.

    Agreed!

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    I wonder, is there a cost advantage to being FWD as an EV? I would think not or only feasible over large production volumes - especially when the battery is flat and placed between the wheelbase.

     

    Imagine the RX-Vision concept spawning an EV RX-9?

    That would be the most beautiful modern car in the world. Even an F-Type can't touch those curves.

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    23 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Probably a re-badge of a Toyota EV. Over all, I expect more people to enjoy the quietness of an EV than a petro auto and the significant reduction in maintenance cost.

    I bet Mazda will rethink EV for the US once they see the BOLT take off.

    I doubt that since we know Toyota won't have their EV out till 2020 in time for the Tokyo Olympics. I bet the two will share various tech and parts.

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