Mazda’s first electric vehicle has commenced production, but it may not be heading to Australia.
Japanese car maker Mazda has begun production of its first all-electric model – the MX-30 city SUV – ahead of its European release later this year, however the model’s Australian plans remain unclear.
While the local arm of Mazda says it is keen to bring the MX-30 here, the company reiterated to CarAdvice today that no official decision has been made.
Earlier this year, Mazda’s local marketing director Alastair Doak told CarAdvice: “We haven’t got [to a decision] yet, we’ll give a commitment we’ll definitely make a decision by the middle of the year.”
The Mazda MX-30 is powered by a 35.5kWh battery pack that’s good for a claimed 107kW output to the front wheels and approximately 200km of driving range on the stricter WLTP testing standard.
Mazda claims the MX-30 can be charged to 80 per cent within roughly 40 minutes using DC rapid charging.
In March, Mazda UK announced pricing for its right-hand drive MX-30 at £30,495 (AU$56,700) driveaway when the car arrives in early 2021.
Mazda MX-30 electric car starts production, still not confirmed for Australia