ELECTRIC SUVS

...IS ELECTRIC, OB­VI­OUSLY. THE LAST MONTH HAS SEEN A GLUT OF NEW BATTERYPOW­ERED HIGH-RIDERS UN­VEILED TO THE PUB­LIC. HERE ARE TWO (AND ONE WAGON) WORTH KNOW­ING ABOUT

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If you’re go­ing to re­duce the emis­sions of one type of ve­hi­cle, an ur­ban school­run bus seems the most sen­si­ble

LET’S START WITH those ‘sui­cide’ rear doors. Mazda calls them ‘freestyle’, some of you may say, “Just like those from the COTY-win­ning RX-8!” (Oth­ers may note, “And rather like those from the COTY-win­ning BMW i3...”) We’ll re­serve judge­ment un­til we get the full op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence of Mazda’s first-ever pro­duc­tion

EV, which is likely to hap­pen in the sec­ond half of 2020. An Aus­tralian ar­rival date is un­con­firmed but tipped for late 2021.

In terms of the me­chan­i­cal pack­age, Mazda ap­pears to have played an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally con­ser­va­tive hand with the MX-30. Its sin­gle mo­tor, driv­ing the front axle, has outputs that are fairly un­re­mark­able – 105kW and 264Nm – and is fed by a mod­est 35.5kWh bat­tery pro­vid­ing a range of 209km. But that in­stant torque should still be suf­fi­cient to pro­vide peppy ur­ban per­for­mance for this CX-30-sized high-rider, and buy­ers will no doubt be just as in­ter­ested in the in­te­rior de­sign, with the cabin’s float­ing cen­tre con­sole, and use of nat­u­ral and sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als such as cork and breath­able fabric up­hol­stery made from re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles.

As for price, the tip is in the $50-60K bracket, mean­ing the MX-30 is un­likely to un­seat its ex­cel­lent ICE sta­ble­mates for main­stream take-up.

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