TOKYO — Mazda, a latecomer to the electrification race, wants to begin catching up with a new lineup of plug-ins, mild hybrids, range-extenders and full electrics.
The automaker says a blitz of low-emissions vehicles will begin arriving in 2022, with a new platform for large vehicles and new dedicated platform for electric vehicles.
The shift is part of the Hiroshima, Japan, automaker's push to offer some form of electrification in all nameplates by 2030. Mazda fleshed out its timeline, saying it will join other automakers, such as Nissan Motor Co., in targeting carbon neutrality throughout its supply chain by 2050.
Mazda announced that carbon goal last week while reporting a threefold increase in operating profit in its fiscal third quarter ended Dec. 31, despite a 6 percent slide in global sales.
Mazda launched its first mass-produced EV, the MX-30 compact crossover, last year in Europe and this year in Japan. The MX-30 is also offered as a mild hybrid in Japan.
Mazda will next introduce another gasoline-electric hybrid variant of the MX-30 that uses a rotary engine as a range extender. The rotary version targets the U.S. and Europe. Mazda has not disclosed when the rotary range-extender will reach those regions, but a spokesman said the company will start rolling out the technology globally in the first half of 2022.