The Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV is powered by a Series Plug-in Hybrid powertrain that solely utilizes electric motors for propulsion. It incorporates a Single-rotor rotary engine with a displacement of 830 cc and a maximum output of 74 horsepower (PS) to generate electricity to supply to the electric motor and battery. This setup operates similarly to Nissan’s e-POWER system but allows the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV to also be plugged in for charging from an external power source.

The rotary engine functions to generate electricity back into the battery. Despite its small size of 830 cc, the rotary engine produces power comparable to conventional piston engines, delivering a maximum of 170 horsepower at 9,000 rpm. The single-rotor engine, made from lightweight aluminum materials, weighs just 15 kg. It complements the lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 17.8 kWh.

When running solely on electric power from the battery, the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV can travel up to 85 kilometers on a single charge, sufficient for urban commuting. Regenerative braking, where the engine converts kinetic energy back into electrical energy, extends the driving range to over 600 kilometers.

Drivers can choose from three driving modes: Normal, EV, and Charge. Additionally, they can manually adjust the remaining battery level. When the battery level drops to a set threshold, the engine starts to generate electricity to supply the electric motor, ensuring that the battery level remains sufficient.

This hybrid technology combines the efficiency of a 50-liter fuel tank for the rotary engine with the electric motor system, effectively extending the driving range. It represents a comprehensive Plug-in Hybrid technology derived from the operation of the rotary engine.