Mazda2 EV range extender first drive review

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Mazda2 EV extender

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If it weren’t for the stickers on the side it be difficult to pick the Mazda2 EV extender from the tens of of other Mazda hatchbacks in

About the only visual is an extended rear bumper hides the lower floor out behind the rear wheels.

the main difference is a tweaked cluster and giant red emergency in the space where the radio normally be.

Otherwise it looks and like a regular Mazda2, or as it’s called in Japan.

My behind the wheel is limited to a of minutes, and maybe a kilometre of at best.

I’m in Tokyo’s Bay in a carpark near the water and taste test is just — the chance to briefly what is for now a one-off. This looking 2 is the first proof-of-concept car for what could be an exciting emissions-free phase for Mazda.

While its dimensions and design are Mazda2, beneath the skin a different story.

Under the is a mass of a cables and electric under the rear seats and are 200kg of batteries. And beneath the is the reason for that big red emergency and the slightly frumpy derri re a rotary engine that’s in its development phase.

Unlike all Mazda rotaries this one have a high revving in a frenetic lightweight sports car

Instead the rotary is a more generator, a way to feed electricity to batteries for use in the 75kW/150Nm electric that powers the car.

As I grab D for drive on the electric there’s no clunk or noise. As I off the Mazda2 EV moves away surging up to 50km/h in a way that ensure you’d lose in the traffic light grand

Able to be recharged from a powerpoint the electric 2 is claimed to run up to on its own, up there with the of the new breed of largely unloved cars being thrust on markets around the world. But a of Mazda2 EVs in Japan found wanting the ability to travel in line with broader for better driving ranges for cars.

Which is where the engine generator came play.

Smaller and lighter engines of equivalent power, saw the 330cc (just 0.33-litre) as an ideal charging partner for an car.

Running on petrol and delivering of power it can satisfy the charging of the 2’s bank of batteries, doubling the range when with a modest nine-litre tank. Unlike the hours to recharge the batteries from the a quick refuel can have you on way for another couple of hundred

The installation into this car is just as impressive, with the rotary placed flat a spare tyre. Various and ancillaries are included, while the fuel tank bolts up the rump as part of the compact

While there are currently no plans for the 2 EV range extender, plenty of thought has gone executing it should the demand to be there.

Chief engineer Suzuki quietly says the next all-new 2 hatchback due by the end of 2014 — has similar meaning it should just as be accommodated.

Mazda has even thought of a way to get the mass required for the rotary — by turning the unit a portable generator for use in backyards, on and even as temporary power for services.

Clearly, then, the 2 EV extender is a little more a flight of fancy in the engineers’ time.

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That’s immediately on my brief aquaintance with the development darling for Mazda. The of refinement is impressive, if not perfect.

the front seat the rotary is all but undetectable when it whirs to above 10km/h (the batteries have been drained so we can experience it in range mode, rather than purely as an electric car). almost completely mute the road noise of 40km/h-plus enter the equation.

In the rear the hum of the generally smooth engine is more noticeable, but far from a game changer in of stopping the technology progressing to the level.

As with the majority of fuel saving technologies it be the engineering or application that a Mazda2 range extender vehicle — it’ll be the

And that’s the challenge, particularly a car selling in a market segment so focused on price. Even if the range extender and electric only adds $5000 or to the price, it’s a cost end of the market is not prepared to bear.

(Demio) EV with rotary extender: specifications

Price: Not on

Electric motor: 75kW,


Batteries: 200kg of 346V pack with 20kWh

Range extender: 0.33L rotor

Range extender 22kW at 4500rpm (potential for at 6000rpm)

Driving range . 200km electric, 180km with range extender in use

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