Christian Schulze, director of Mazda’s European office research center, said that despite the lack of exhaust fumes, battery-powered cars sometimes do more harm to the planet than diesel cars.
While all automakers are competing to increase battery capacity, which provides record-breaking mileage without recharging, Mazda launches the MX-30 electric crossover with a very modest 35.5 kilowatt-hour battery and a range of just 200 kilometers.
It turned out that the problem with such a solution was not at all the lack of resources or technology – according to Schulze, the company simply responsibly approached the issue of creating an electric car and did not chase the competitors thoughtlessly.
In conversation with Automotive News he explained that even an MX-30 with a small battery over the entire life cycle would emit as much carbon dioxide as a Mazda3 diesel hatchback. Replacing the battery, which can already occur at 160 thousand kilometers, does not solve the situation, but rather exacerbates it: despite the absence of harmful emissions during operation, they are present at the stages of production and disposal.
At the same time, the larger the battery capacity, the larger the emissions into the atmosphere. For example, the most common 95 kilowatt-hour batteries that are installed, for example, on the Tesla Model S and Model X, emit even more CO₂. In addition, they consume more energy, and with the replacement of the battery, respectively, the total emissions will increase even more.
The Mazda MX-30 electric crossover debuted at the end of October at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car is comparable in size to the CX-3 model. As a power plant, a 143-horsepower electric motor with a traction battery of 35.5 kilowatt hours is used. Cruising range – 200 kilometers. According to representatives of Mazda, this figure significantly exceeds the average daily mileage of a European buyer, which is 48 kilometers.
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