The Mazda MX-30 R-EV Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Mazda MX-30 PHEV
Price: £31,250
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 17.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 53 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 21g (CO2/km)


The Mazda Motor Corporation, more commonly known as Mazda, is a leading Japanese automotive manufacturer. Mazda is a global automotive company, with business activities across a number of key international markets. For a time, the US based Ford Motor Company owned a stake in Mazda, during the time Mazda was undergoing financial difficulties. The Ford-Mazda partnership did result in a number of successful initiatives.

Mazda has conducted research on alternative fuel vehicles for many decades. The company has had a particular focus on hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company currently has the following electric vehicle (EVs) on sale in the UK:

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The Mazda MX-30 PHEV Range Extender SUV

Like other automotive manufacturers competing fiercely for leadership in the rapidly evolving electric driving sector, Mazda is positioning its latest electric car, as unique. Well, to some extent, the Mazda MX 30 plug-in hybrid does offer a unique approach to developing a PHEV, but in many ways, it has much in common with other plug-in hybrids.

Despite the improvements in the latest-generation of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the electric driving narrative is fast migrating towards battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), also referred to as pure electric cars. This is not surprising, given the significant improvement in electric range of the latest-generation of pure electric cars.

For those of you, keen on buying an electric car, but prefer a PHEV, as a first step towards electric driving, the Mazda MX 30 plug-in hybrid is worth consideration. The Mazda plug-in hybrid SUV has a 17.8 kWh onboard EV battery (weight: 188.2 kg), with a WLTP certified zero-emission electric range up to 53 miles. An above average pure electric range, and certainly useful for most day-to-day driving needs.

Adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the MX-30 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) should comfortably deliver an emission-free pure electric range up to 45 miles. Useful for city and shorter distance motorway driving! For those new to electric driving, it is worth noting that many factors influence the real-world electric car range. Some of these include: driving style, temperature, elevation, wind, rain, road surface, tyre size, onboard services used etc.

Mazda is keen to emphasis the uniqueness of its hybrid system, such that, the onboard rotary engine is used only as a generator, and the plug-in hybrid resembles closer to a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Put another way, the wheels are powered exclusively by the electric motor/ EV battery. In other PHEVs, the internal combustion engine (ICE) powers the wheels. In general, rotary engines are compact and deliver a higher output.

According to the company, “Like a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), the wheels are driven exclusively by electric motors. However, unlike other PHEVs, the petrol engine doesn’t power the wheels directly, but acts as a generator to charge the battery.

That means you can enjoy uninterrupted electric propulsion wherever you go”. Of course, do keep in mind that the generator is still powered by petrol, a fossil fuel. The Japanese automotive manufacturer claims that using the generator increases the range up to 400 miles. The EV incorporates a 50-litre fuel tank.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug for charging an electric car. A ‘topping up’ approach to charging will help improve the overall efficiency of the electric vehicle and also improve the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Mazda offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

The PHEV incorporates DC charging up to 50 KW DC. The EV can be charged 10%-80% in 25 minutes. The EV has a 7.2 kW onboard charger. The Mazda electric vehicle can be charged 0% to 100% via a dedicated EV charging station, like myenergi zappi in 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you insist on using a domestic socket for charging, the EV will take up to 4 hours and 50 minutes to fully charge.

The all-wheel drive Mazda PHEV SUV combines a 830cc rotary engine with an onboard electric motor (125 kW), powered by the EV battery. The PHEV can achieve 0-62 mph in 9.1 seconds. The 1-speed automatic Mazda plug-in electric SUV delivers 170 PS maximum power and 260 Nm torque. Top speed is 87 mph. The Mazda EV has 5 regenerative braking modes. Mazda claims the MX-30 plug-in can deliver up to 282.5 mpg.

The MX-30 plug-in hybrid has a host of safety features and onboard technology, to include: blind spot monitoring, driver attention alert, emergency lane-keeping, intelligent speed assist, lane-keep assist system with lane departure warning system, 7” colour touch-screen for climate control settings, colour 7” TFT instrument cluster display, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, 360º View Monitor and more.

The Mazda MX-30 plug-in electric SUV has tailpipe emission up to 21g CO2/km. Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-8%) tax rate, given the lower tailpipe emissions.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet. You can lease electric vehicles at very competitive prices via e-zoomed!

Unique combination of a rotary engine and electric motor Small boot (350 L)
Decent EV battery size and electric rangeAccess to rear seats not easy
DC charging up to 50 kW Rear-view visibility limited


The Mazda MX-30 Plug-In Hybrid SUV (credit: Mazda)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV (Compact Crossover)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol/ Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (4 Options)
Mazda MX-30 Prime-Line (from £31,250)
Mazda MX-30 Exclusive-Line (from £33,150)
Mazda MX-30 Makoto (from £36,000)
Mazda MX-30 Edition R (from £37,950)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 17.8 kWh
Charging:50 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 25 mins). Onboard charger: 7.2 kW (0%-100%: 1 hr 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:21g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh £1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1555
Width (mm):1795
Length (mm):4395
Wheelbase (mm):2655
Turning Circle (m):11.4
Boot Space (L):350

EV Battery Capacity:17.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):53 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/ 100km):3.6
Fuel Consumption (mpg):282.5
Charging: 50 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 25 mins). Onboard charger: 7.2 kW (0%-100%: 1 hr 30 mins)
Top Speed:87 mph
0-62 mph:9.1 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Horsepower (ps):170
Torque (Nm): 260
Minimum Kerb Weight (kg):1,881
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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