Mazda thinks big electric cars emit more pollution than diesels
Mazda was slow to enter the electric car market and the Japanese brand also opted for a surprising strategy. Indeed, its small MX-30 SUV gets a particularly small battery with a reduced capacity of 35.5 kWh. This gives the MX-30 a range of only 120 miles.
And that doesn't bring a decisive price advantage either, since the MX-30 will be sold at prices similar to those of its competitors offering 30 to 60 miles of additional range. In fact, Mazda has taken a different approach for its electric cars with reasonably sized batteries.
According to Christian Schultze, Deputy Managing Director of Mazda Europe's R&D centre, using a small battery would emit as much CO2 over its life cycle as a diesel Mazda 3. And what is shown in the graph below is that even after complete battery replacement at 100,000 miles, the total pollution level would still be comparable to that of a diesel.
Mazda claims that larger batteries, especially as big as 95 kWh, would have significantly higher CO2 emissions from the production of the vehicle and throughout the life of the car due to the higher electricity consumption. And the gap will be even greater when it comes to changing these batteries. Vehicles such as the Audi E-Tron and some Tesla Model X and S are therefore concerned.
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