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Mike Stevens | Jul, 06 2012 | 1 Comment

Mazda is coming closer to offering its own electric-vehicle range, with a new Mazda2 EV lease programme kicking off in Japan this year.

The electrified version of the Mazda2 - which is known as the Demio in Japan - will be made available to companies and government departments from October.

The Demio EV is driven by a front-mounted 75kW/150Nm electric motor, sending power to the front wheels - just like the regular conventionally-powered Mazda2.

Energy for the electric motor comes from a 20kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and Mazda promises a driving range of around 200kWh from a single charge.

Mazda says a full charge can be achieved in around eight hours through a 15A power point, and a fast-charge system will recover 80 percent of charge in around 40 minutes.



An Australian-debut for any all-electric Mazda is likely sometime away, with international sales of regular consumer EVs not expected to begin until around 2018.

Until then, Mazda's Australian arm will focus on rolling out new models built under the carmaker's efficiency-focused SkyActiv platform and drivetrain programme.

Mazda Demio EV specifications and price

Model name Demio EV
Drive FF
Seating capacity 5
Dimensions and weight Overall length/width/height*1 3900mm/1695mm/1490mm
Vehicle weight*1 1180kg
Performance AC electric power consumption
(JC08 mode test cycle)*1
Driving range on a single charge
(JC08 mode test cycle)*1
Drive battery Type Lithium-Ion batteries
Total voltage*1 346V
Total torque*1 20kWh
Motor Max. output*1 75kW<102PS>/5200-12000rpm
Max. torque*1 150Nm<15.3kgfm>/0-2800rpm
Charging time Normal charge (AC200V·15A)*2 Approx. 8 hours (full charge)
Fast charge*3 Approx. 40 minutes (80% charge)
Price (yen) (including tax) 3,577,000
  • *1 Measured by Mazda
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