Mazda has recently announced an upcoming offering on their 2020 vehicle lineup that is both new and a return to the past. Mazda plans to make use of a modern take on the Rotary engine, one of the earliest forms of internal combustion engines widely used in the early 1900s. Mazda will do this by installing Rotary engines as a range extender on their electric vehicles. Rotary engines were well known at the time of their most common use to be efficient and reliable for their size, but scaling up for more powerful vehicles proved difficult. As such, their use fell out of common practice.
Upscaling isn’t an issue when talking about a range extender for a mostly electric vehicle, so Mazda engineers have harnessed this reliability and flexibility and incorporated it into their upcoming model lineup. Also working for the Rotary engine’s favor is that they are nearly vibration free and have comparatively few moving parts compared to modern piston engines. The engine’s compact size also allows it to potentially be hidden away in a lower compartment along with the vehicle’s installed batteries.
By 2030, as part of their “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term technology development program, Mazda will have 95 percent of their vehicles as combustion-electric hybrids with the remaining 5 percent being purely electric.
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