Mazda’s Rotary is Back, But as an EV Range Extender

 

 

Yay, we suppose? After making its last appearance in 2012 with the RX-8, the rotary is finding its way back into the production models; just.. Not in the way that most gearheads expect. But that’s foreseeable, knowing how “environmentally friendly” the rotary engines are.

 

Mazda MX-30 in white

 

Ironically, it finds a new purpose as a range extender for EVs. How does that work, you ask? Planted in the upcoming MX-30 R-EV, it operates at a constant speed, acting as a charger to the battery. That way, it extends the range far beyond what the regular MX-30 could do. As a reminder, the range of the normal electric MX-30 is 161 km, and that’s not exactly great.

 

The single electric motor that makes 144 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque does 0-60 mph in 9.6 seconds. Not impressive by any means, but if Mazda’s supposed promise of the rotary extender is actually capable of stretching the range to around 400 km, it’ll be quite the big jump for the marque. Sure, performance is not what you’d expect from the word “EV,” but 400 km on a single charge is quite impressive; and Mazda hasn’t even optimized their electric stuff yet. It could be a real game changer, but nothing is proven yet.

 

Mazda MX-30 in white

 

The R-EV will make its appearance on January 13, 2023, at the Brussels Motor Show.  Said to have the benefits of an EV with the range of an ICE (or better, in this case), we’re sure electric car enthusiasts will be excited to see if Mazda will live up to their words, and for gearheads, we’ll sit this one out.

 

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