As electric vehicles have become more popular over last few years, automobile manufacturers are investing heavily to the production and development of electric cars in an attempt to make them more affordable. While Mazda has been surprisingly absent from the latest revolution to bring its own cars, the company has finally confirmed its plans to release its first electric car next year.
This latest information came during an interview with Mazda’s CEO Akira Marumoto as he revealed that the company will launch its first EV in 2020.
While late, this isn’t the first time we heard about Mazda’s involvement in the electric vehicles. Previously it signed a deal with Toyota. However, it seems that the company is ready to launch its own cars in the future. During the interview, Akira revealed that the development of the upcoming vehicle will use Mazda’s own architecture which is completely independent from the prior deal with Toyota.
As for future releases, the company also revealed that it will launch its own plug-in hybrid later in 2021 or 2022. Given that other major automobile companies such as Volkswagen and BMW are pushing heavily towards electrification, this latest news shouldn’t come off as a huge surprise.