As the automotive industry continues its shift towards sustainable mobility, The vehicle manufacturer has taken a significant leap forward with the mass production of the European model of the Mazda MX-30 e-SKYACTIV R-EV. This marks Mazda's first mass-production rotary engine vehicle in 11 years, since the discontinuation of the Mazda RX-8 in 2012. With a focus on achieving carbon neutrality, Mazda's multi-solution approach is evident in the Mazda MX-30's unique plug-in hybrid design and environmentally-conscious materials.
The MX-30 e-SKYACTIV R-EV is a trailblazing plug-in hybrid model that combines an 85 km battery electric driving range with a rotary engine that generates additional power to extend the driving distance. Mazda's dedication to reducing environmental impact is evident in the entire driving range being motor-powered. Introduced in 2020, the MX-30 is Mazda's first mass-production battery electric vehicle, expanding its product lineup to include both mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
Mazda's commitment to sustainability goes beyond the Mazda MX-30's powertrain. The design process of the Mazda MX-30 incorporated environmentally-conscious materials, such as cork and fabrics made from recycled materials, to create a comfortable interior that showcases their natural appeal. By adopting these materials, They aim to reduce its environmental footprint throughout the production process and contribute to a greener future.
Mazda's dedication to sustainability extends to its production process for the MX-30. Through a series of initiatives, Mazda has successfully reduced energy use and CO2 emissions, further minimizing its environmental impact.
The MX-30's distinctive multi-tone paint design is achieved through energy-saving initiatives in the painting process. Mazda has introduced a spray gun that precisely sprays areas where colours need to be applied separately, reducing paint loss. This precise control of the spray paint gun nozzle's distance from the body surface significantly reduces energy use compared to the multi-tone paint process on an ordinary line. Additionally, newly developed paints that harden at a lower temperature have been adopted, further reducing energy consumption. These efforts have resulted in a remarkable reduction in CO2 emissions, approximately 34% to 37% on an annual basis.
Mazda's Hiroshima Plant has implemented a solar power system that went operational in July 2021. With an output of 1.1 MW, this system not only charges the Mazda MX-30 EV models produced at the plant but also powers the newly mass-produced e-SKYACTIV R-EV for shipment. Furthermore, the solar power system supplies electricity used throughout the entire plant, making a significant contribution to the adoption of renewable energy.
Mazda's efforts towards reducing its environmental impact in the MX-30 production process are part of a broader commitment to achieving carbon neutrality. By 2050, Mazda aims to make its entire supply chain carbon neutral, contributing to a future where coexistence with the planet is harmonious.
With the mass production of the MAZDA MX-30 e-SKYACTIV R-EV, they have taken a significant step towards carbon neutrality. This plug-in hybrid model, combined with Mazda's dedication to incorporating sustainable materials and reducing environmental impact in the production process, showcases their commitment to a greener future. As Mazda continues its journey towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, its efforts serve as an inspiration for the automotive industry and a testament to its vision of coexistence with our beautiful plane