- Mazda has reportedly started production of the MX-30 SUV/crossover, which is the company’s first all-electric vehicle.
- The car will be available by Autumn in Europe and in the UK by early 2021 as per Mazda.
- One area of concern for potential buyers is the lack of a bigger battery and range, with the car only capable of offering 124 miles of electric range.
Mazda has been pretty visible in the auto industry for a few years now. The company has waited a bit to bring its first all-electric car or EV to the market. That changes with the introduction of the Mazda MX-30 which has now reportedly gone into production for sales in Europe. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t mentioned if the vehicle will make its way to the U.S. anytime soon.
In terms of design, the MX-30 is a pretty sturdy looking crossover or SUV that fits right in with the number of options available right now in the segment. Mazda mentions that the car has gone into production at the Ujina Plant No 1 at Hiroshima, Japan. The company has added that early first edition models will come equipped with a head-up display, a 7-inch TFT dial display, an 8-way electric adjustable drivers’ seat, as well as chrome trim accents and a steering wheel wrapped in leather.
What’s fascinating about the MX-30 is that it comes with a relatively small 35.5 kWh battery pack which can offer an electric range of around 200 km (124 miles) as per the WLTP standard. The car can be charged at up to 50kW on DC outlets using CCS or CHAdeMO. It can also be charged with an AC connection at 6.6 kW. The company mentions that DC fast chargers can juice up the car from zero to 80% in around 40 minutes.
The MX-30 will cost £27,495 ($33,600) in the United Kingdom while the offer also includes a £3,000 rebate/grant reserved for EVs. Customers in Germany will have to shell out €33,490 ($36,800) for the MX-30 with an additional 19% VAT.
It is said that the vehicle will make its way to Europe by Autumn 2020 while UK customers will have to wait until early 2021 to get their hands on the automobile. While this SUV could certainly find some takers, the fact that it doesn’t offer electric range on par with some other SUVs may be a matter of concern for several prospective buyers.
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