At the LA Auto Show, Mazda3 made an impressive debut in hatchback and sedan. It promises to be more fuel efficient thanks to Skyactiv-X engine. Buyers who are looking for even more environment friendly will have to wait for few years. According to Autocar, first electric vehicle from Mazda will arrive in 2020 and set to be a standalone model. At this point of time, there is no word regarding the form but design head, Ikuo Maeda said that it won’t be a digital looking model. In other words, he wants the EV to have same design to that of current car.
Mazda’s European design head, Jo Stenuit took potshot at current EV model and said that he doesn’t want it look like a fridge like some other automakers are offering. Not much is known about the EV, but Mazda, Denso and Toyota had earlier announced plan to jointly develop basic structural technologies for electric vehicles in 2017. The agreement will incorporate strength of these three companies and covers several branches of products such as SUVs, cars, and light trucks. Even though the partnership was announced last year, Mazda Europe CEO, Jeff Guyton said that their first EV won’t be result of this collaboration. Since, Mazda was already working on such middle before the agreement was signed.
It is not known when an electric vehicle will arrive through Mazda, Toyota and Denso collaboration, but they pointed out significance of joining forces. Electric vehicles needs huge investment and time despite facing stiff resistance from many as it is not accepted in many markets. Mazda is late entrant in EV segment and concentrated more on internal combustion to improve efficiency.