Motoring: Mazda puts a new spin on electrification

Mazda’s reputation for not following convention continues as it reintroduces the rotary engine to create a plug-in hybrid version of its MX-30 crossover

Mazda is now adding a second MX-30 variant to its line-up, a plug-in hybrid version

Producing electric cars still poses plenty of conundrums for manufacturers. Many prefer to take the approach of including the largest possible battery (at a significant cost) for maximum driving range. That’s hardly surprising as consumers still use overall range as the primary yardstick of measurement, so manufacturers that have fitted cars with smaller batteries to save weight and cost haven’t fared as well.

When Mazda introduced its first fully electric vehicle, the MX-30, it deemed ...