TOKYO — Racing to catch up in electric vehicles and electrify its entire lineup by 2030, Mazda will seek help from an old friend.
Mazda will resurrect its rotary engine in 2020 as an onboard battery recharger for range-extender hybrid vehicles.
Those vehicles, and standard battery-powered electric ones, will make up 5 percent of Mazda's portfolio by 2030. In that year, the rest of Mazda's vehicles will have some form of electrification — including mild, standard or plug-in hybrid setups, the company said last week.
Mazda has stuck to improving the internal combustion engine as the cornerstone of its powertrain strategy, even as rivals switch to EVs and hybrids. But CEO Akira Marumoto said the company must also electrify to meet more stringent fuel economy rules.