It looks like the Mazda MX-30 electric might have to join our list of global electric cars you cannot buy in the US, as Mazda continues to remain uncommitted to launching the quirky electric crossover stateside. However, our friends from across the border will be able to purchase the MX-30 electric from 2021, Mazda’s Canadian division confirmed.
With this, the Mazda MX-30 electric’s availability will be focused on Europe, Canada and Australia, whereas at its home-market in Japan the MX-30 is a hybrid for now, but the pure electric will be made available to lease from 2021.
On why the Mazda electric car is unlikely for the US
One of the possible reasons for the MX-30’s unavailability in the US is its limited range of only 124 miles (WLTP), which the company believes suffices most European, Canadian and Australian households as the MX-30 will be their second vehicle, the one used for urban runabouts. However, Americans are unlikely to understand this concept and embrace the MX-30 in a similar manner, not to forget the limited range at a USD 30,000+ price point is likely to put off buyers.
Further, these countries have started encouraging driving electric vehicles in city centers whereas penalizing combustion engine cars and SUVs with entry fees and high parking fees; London is an example where a congestion fee of USD 20 is applicable, daily, to drive through congestion zones which encompass London city center. However, there is no such push in the US, and as a result, carmakers like Mazda and Honda (with the Honda e) are skeptical of launching their “low-range” EVs.
Deliveries for European markets start in March 2021 with the Mazda MX-30 First Edition, priced at an equivalent USD 36,000 after a USD 4,000 grant from the government. A 35.5 kWh Li-ion battery is capable of DC fast charging up to 50 kW but gets a 6.6 kW AC charging otherwise, whereas the electric motor develops 143 hp and 271 Nm and does the 0-60 mph sprint in 9.7 seconds. The top speed is limited to 87 mph.
The highlight of the Mazda MX-30 are its RX-8 inspired rearward-opening rear doors. And like the RX-8, the Mazda MX-30, in 2022, will get a rotary engine as a range extender in the Japanese market, while the company is undecided on other markets as of now. Perhaps, this could be a way for American Mazda enthusiasts to buy into the MX-30: a hybrid version with a modern rotary engine as a range extender, and marketed as an upmarket rival to the Toyota Prius.