TOKYO — Mazda Motor Corp. says it will revive its famed rotary engine to power a range-extender hybrid vehicle as part of a wider plan to electrify its entire lineup by 2030.
The plan, announced Tuesday, signals a diversification away from the Japanese carmaker's dependence on traditional internal combustion engines as it reacts to increasingly stringent fuel economy rules. Mazda said it will deploy some form of electrification in all vehicles by 2030.
By that year, pure electric vehicles and range extenders will account for five per cent of Mazda's lineup, with the balance being combustion engines paired with some form of electrification.
"We've seen drastic changes in automotive-related environmental policies all over the world," CEO Akira Marumoto said at a news conference here outlining the plan. "We at Mazda are keeping an eye on what is going on in the industry as we move forward with our strategy."
As part of the push, Mazda will develop one pure electric vehicle and another range-extender hybrid. The range extender will drive like a normal battery-powered electric vehicle but have a compact rotary engine to recharge the battery and give the car a longer cruising range.
Mazda says its rotary engine is well suited to the task because it is compact, powerful and quiet. For an extra touch of green, it can also burn liquefied petroleum gas, Mazda said.