Mazda will release a pure EV first, while the American brand will begin with hybrids.
Mazda has already confirmed it is not abandoning the project for a rotary engine and now we have more interesting news about the Japanese manufacturer. During the company’s Tech Forum in Frankfurt, it was announced every new Mazda will be electrified from 2035.
That’s nearly two decades from now, but don’t worry, the first significant steps towards electrification will be taken in 2019. In two years the manufacturer will launch mild-hybrid versions of most of its core models, and a purely electric vehicle with an option for a rotary range extender.
In that same year, we will also see the first-ever sparkless gasoline engine using high compression to ignite the fuel. Mazda claims it will be up to 30 percent more efficient than the gas motors we use today. Finally, in 2021, the automaker will release its firs plug-in hybrid vehicles. In addition, autonomous technologies are also currently under development with first prototypes expected to hit the roads by the end of the decade.
Following the trend, set by Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, Maserati, and BMW, Lincoln will also electrify its entire model range by 2022. The information is not official yet, but Automotive News says “three sources familiar with the plans” have revealed it.
The luxury brand’s hybridization is part of Ford’s plan to offer at least 18 new electric and hybrid cars over the next five years. As part of this plan, the Blue oval company will also release several PHEV variants of its crossovers, SUVs, and pickups.
Official confirmation of Lincoln’s intentions is expected as early as October 3, when Ford’s CEO Jim Hackett will update investors on the automaker's strategy. It is believed that, in addition to the hybrids, Lincoln will also launch one or several all-electric vehicles to comply with China’s desire for more electric vehicles on the market.