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Mazda confirms Mazda2-based EV for Japan in 2012

By KBB.com Editors on January 24, 2011 4:12 PM

Although various strains of its new eco-friendly SKYACTIV technology will continue to anchor Mazda's "Building Block Strategy" worldwide, the automaker today announced that it plans to introduce its first electric vehicle in Japan sometime in the spring of 2012. Few details were provided regarding the first of these subcompact EV models, save for the fact that it will be based on the new Mazda2, which is sold as the Demio in Japan. Mazda says it plans to lease these EVs mainly to various government and fleet customers and that it expects the vehicle to have a per-charge driving range of roughly 125 miles. While indicating that the bulk of its near-future development emphasis will remain tied to enhanced efficiency internal combustion powertrains, Mazda said that it hopes this initial EV lease program will "enhance its knowledge of EV usage requirements and electric drive technologies." No word on how or when that enhanced knowledge will end up making its way to America.