Mazda Artificially Slowed its First Electric Car

Mazda has a new approach to the consumers: made its first electric car, the MX-30, artificially slower to feel like a gas car. The car’s battery pack is smaller on purpose to reduce the torque of the electric motor to match the acceleration of a gasoline car:

“Mazda’s engineers have also tuned the torque delivery of the MX-30’s electric motor to be less frenetic than is often the case with EVs, reasoning that they want the MX-30 to feel less like a dramatic change from a typical internal combustion engine vehicle.”

According to Electrek, “The MX-30 features a 35.5 kWh battery and a powertrain capable of delivering 105 kW (142hp) of power and 264 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque. Range is quoted as 130 miles (~210km) for the European model, which is likely using the WLTP testing standard. This means EPA range will likely be lower, around 110-120 miles.”

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