Mazda's first battery-electric production vehicle for North America, the MX-30 crossover, will arrive at dealerships in Quebec and British Columbia this fall starting at $44,100, including shipping.
The provinces offer some of the biggest government EV incentives in the country and they can be coupled with the federal government’s $5,000 ZEV rebate.
The MX-30's 160-kilometre range is well below vehicles that are priced similarly and can go at least twice as far on a charge, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which starts at $39,998 and has a 415-kilometre range.
Mazda has partnered with ChargePoint, one of the world's largest charging networks, to give MX-30 owners a $500 charging credit that can be used for public charging or toward the purchase of an in-home ChargePoint Level 2 charger. The company is also offering a complimentary two-year/32,000-kilometre scheduled maintenance plan.
The MX-30 is equipped with Mazda's e-Skyactiv EV technology that features a 35.5-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack mounted under the floor and a front-wheel-drive electric motor rated at 143 hp.
Mazda Canada in a statement says “the MX-30 can easily be the ideal companion for daily commuting.”
BMW's Mini brand has found success in the United States with the Cooper SE electric hatchback, which can travel 110 miles — 177 kilometres — between charges. Mini has pitched the vehicle to urban commuters and expects to double U.S. sales in 2021.
There's no word yet from Mazda if the MX-30 will be launched nationwide in Canada.