Japanese carmaker Mazda has let the public in on its ‘unique’ approach to addressing the goal of reducing tailpipe emissions from its vehicles — and it involves making use of an electrified and low emission rotary engine.
As part of its ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ long-term programme towards electrification that will see it play out its commitment to 50% reduction of 2010 levels of CO2 by 2030 and 90% by 2050, the automaker says its approach recognises the fact that for the time being, even 100% battery electric vehicles will still contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the means of local electric power generation.
Therefore, it believes that the best way to reduce CO2 emissions is to focus largely on improving the efficiency of its ICE range, by using a compression ignition rotary engine—that can run on either petrol or liquid petroleum gas — as a ‘range extender’ in a hybrid setup.
This forms part of a wider ‘well-to-wheel’ approach, as the Japanese carmaker calls it, considering the emissions of a vehicle for its entire life cycle.
You can also sign up to TheDriven’s regular, and free, newsletter here.
Bridie Schmidt is staff writer for www.TheDriven.io, and RenewEconomy.com.au. She specialises in writing about new technology, as well as using her technical skills in managing our websites.