Mazda Motor Corporations president, Takashi Yamanouchi, has revealed that the company will use its rotary engine technology as a supplemental power generator for an electric vehicle which the Japanese automaker plans to start leasing next year. Mazda has planned to stop the production of rotary engines in June this year. But they intend to use that technology to generate power from hydrogen and extend the continuous driving distance of electric vehicles.
A late comer to the electric vehicles market, Mazda intends to narrow that gap with other Japanese automakers by using its proprietary rotary technology. Yamanouchi is very confident in the Wankel, stating very clearly that they should be able to make the most of the rotary engines advantages, such as the ease of making it compact and safe.
Yamanouchi also stated that Mazda is also looking at boosting production of new models that can be exported without losing money at the current exchange rates and at the same time they should realise sales growth in emerging markets as soon as possible.
Mazda needs to move quickly in this ever changing automotive market which is under threat from hybrids and if Mazda can not offer consumers competitive fuel-sipping alternatives, then they may risk losing out on this customer base.
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