Mazda 2 / Demio Goes Electric

Mazda is a manufacturer priding itself on being different, having chosen to do the SKYACTIV program, instead of hybrids, EVs and hydrogen powered cars. Well, not any more, as they have now revealed an electric version of their 2 / Demio, a car underpinned by the current Fiesta.
Mazda 2 / Demio EV 1 photo
Photo: Mazda
It weighs 1,180 kg (2,600 lbs), so it’s not much heavier than the regular car, and it features a 100 hp electric motor, which draws its juice from a 20 kWh battery pack (more than seven times smaller than this battery pack). Also, the motor enables the car to reach a top speed limited to 120 km/h (75 mph), and taking its low weight and small size into account, it should be quite nimble.

The car is able to achieve a total autonomy figure of 200 km (125 miles) which is more than respectable, considering the small capacity battery pack - so it’s practical in every-day use. Charging the battery takes 8 hours using a normal power supply, and as little as 40 minutes if all you need is 80% and have a fast charger at your disposal.

Despite the little electric Mazda being quite promising, it is merely a demo vehicle and not destined for production. According to the manufacturer, around 100 will be made and leased to various local government and corporate officials, for testing in the Chugoku region of Japan.
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