Mazda to reportedly only sell electric cars and hybrids by 2030
Mazda still doesn’t offer any electric vehicle and often talk down the technology publicly. Yet, they are reportedly planning to commit to the technology and announce that they will only sell electric cars and hybrids by 2030.
“Mazda Motor Corp plans to make all of its vehicles electric-based, including petrol hybrids, by the early 2030s, Japanese media reported on Friday, as more automakers shift strategies to meet tightening global emission regulations.”
Mazda refused to comment on or deny the report.
Like most Japanese automakers aside from Nissan, Mazda took the ‘burying its head in the sand‘ approach when it comes to electric vehicles.
While it recently showed signs of warming up to electric vehicles with plans to build EVs in the US with Toyota and launch their first all-electric car in 2019, company officials keep talking about meeting regulations, which leads to believe that any EV from them could only be low volume compliance cars.
But a commitment to electric powertrains from Mazda would be a clear change of plans for the automaker.
Several automakers are feeling the pressure to make those announcements about electrification after varying versions of similar goals have been made public and sometimes misinterpreted.
For example, Volvo recently announced that it is adding electric motors to all its future vehicles starting in 2019. It was often reported as if they will stop selling gas-powered cars, but what they actually mean is that every new car model that they launch will be electric or hybrid from 2019 onward.
Other automakers, like Mercedes-Benz with its announcement that they will offer electric versions of all car models by 2022, followed with similar goals.
Is Mazda feeling the pressure or they are finally seeing the inevitable electric future of the auto industry? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Author: Fred Lambert
Date: September 18th, 2017